The Board of Education seeks public feedback regarding a proposal from members of the Middletown community to name the track at Middletown High School for Track and Field coaches Don and Sharon Boyer. The BOE invites the public to email feedback to Ray.V.Barnes@fcps.org. The public comment period ends at the next BOE meeting on Wednesday, August 14.
BOE policy allows facilities on school grounds or in school buildings to be named for individuals under certain conditions. One is to honor distinguished persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the community or county. A school-based committee is required to review the request and prepare a recommendation for the BOE. The committee organized for this review included school staff, students and PTSA members, who recommend approval of the "Don and Sharon Boyer Track."
Dan Burr, Debbie Greene, Betty Hargett, Lorrie Schnarrs and Shelli Staffieri submitted the request because of the Boyers’ "never ending love of track and field and the youth of our community. …Their coaching and character have made a huge impact on many lives. …The idea of naming the track came from Aaron Fierros, a former athlete."
Aaron, who graduated in 2010, wrote, "The Boyers are more than just coaches, they are very prominent mother and father figures…. They aren’t afraid to tell us when we have messed up, or tell us where we can improve. They also never forget to put us on the highest pedestal when we achieve goals or set new personal records. …For as long as Middletown High School has a track team, everyone will associate and remember the Boyers when looking back on the legacy they have built."
The committee received dozens of endorsements in support of the proposal. A parent wrote, "Our son came to MHS from a nonpublic school….He was born with a club foot, and one leg is shorter than the other. …Don Boyer did not see it as a handicap and encouraged him to excel." Their son became the Maryland High Jump Champion and was the Collegiate Southern Conference 2nd place high jumper for indoor and outdoor track for multiple years.
Perhaps the comment that expresses the most popular sentiment is Timothy Leber’s: "Naming the track in honor of Don and Sharon Boyer is simply a ‘no-brainer.’ Coaches Boyer have done so much for young people in our community over the last five decades, and their efforts are greatly appreciated!"
A petition signed by a few dozen supporters also accompanied the request.