School asks, 'Who is James A. Madison?'

Aug. 18, 2007 at 5:59 PM
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OGDEN, Utah, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Utah’s James A. Madison Elementary School may have a nice ring to it, but there is a problem since the nation’s fourth president didn’t have a middle initial.

No one is really sure how the “A” became included in the name, which was among those submitted by teachers, students and parents from the Ogden School District.

Principal Ross Lunceford told the Ogden Standard-Examiner he wasn’t going to try to get to the bottom of the “A” imbroglio, but will have to have the school’s marquee changed along with the greeting on the answering machine.

The school board will also vote next Wednesday to ratify the James Madison name change.

"It's not that critical of an issue. We'll just take the A out and call it James Madison," said board President Don Belnap, who told the newspaper he didn’t notice the problem with the initial even though he was a history major in college.

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