And the name of the new school is …

Starting next fall, students attending the former Clark-Pleasant Intermediate School will walk into Grassy Creek Elementary School.

The new school will house nearly 800 students in grades kindergarten through fifth, and more than 182 students live in the Grassy Creek Commons or the Villages at Grassy Creek neighborhoods.

The majority of the school board members approved the new name, but school board member Butch Zike thought a different choice would be more appropriate, either based on the school’s geography or naming the building after a former employee, he said.

For example, one of the other top names was Sheek Road Elementary, which makes more sense because the school is located on Sheek Road, Zike said. But Grassy Creek itself is not near the school.

Also, another Grassy Creek Elementary already exists on the east side of Indianapolis, less than 20 miles away from Clark-Pleasant Intermediate School, and they share the same school colors, Zike said.

Other top choices for the school name included Clark-Pleasant Elementary, Worthsville Crossing Elementary and Sam Wiley Elementary, named after a former athletics director, basketball coach and assistant principal who worked at the school district from 1970 to 1988. Ray Crowe Elementary School was also under consideration, which would have been named after a 1938 graduate of Whiteland Community High School who is in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.