The facility housing early childhood programs sponsored by Hays USD 489 is now officially known as the USD 489 Early Childhood Complex after a 6-1 vote by the school board Monday night.

Board member Greg Schwartz was the dissenting vote on naming the four-building complex that houses Head Start, Parents as Teachers, state preschool and Early Head Start under Early Childhood Connections.

“I brought up the idea of maybe naming it after an individual. I still think that’s a good idea,” Schwartz said in the brief discussion of Board President Mike Walker’s motion.

“For whatever reason, we choose not to do it for this; we’ve done it for nearly every other building except for two,” Schwartz said.

Walker said he was not opposed to the idea, but said the proposal had been discussed in previous meetings.

“I think you might have missed a meeting where we discussed the possibility of naming the individual buildings after a person or the center park area after someone,” Walker said to Schwartz.

Schwartz said he had watched the video of that meeting and its discussion online.

“I still think the building ought to be named, not a park or a sub-building or something,” Schwartz said.

Board member Sofia Rose Young said the name satisfied her concerns of it being confused with other childcare facilities in Hays.

“I know there’s the Hays Area Children’s Center, the childhood center is kind of similar, and then Early Childhood Center I thought also seemed really close to Early Childhood Connections and could be confusing,” she said of other naming options suggested to the board.

“I think with there being multiple buildings, the word ‘complex’ helps imply that there’s a lot of programs going on there,” she said.

A ribbon-cutting for the ECC is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the complex, 2501 E. 13th, with an open house at 3:30 p.m.

Watch for more information about Monday’s school board meeting Tuesday at HDNews.net and in Wednesday’s Hays Daily News.