In 2014, an Algonquin Regional High School graduate, Specialist Brian K. Arsenault, was Killed in Action in Afghanistan.
Northborough mourned the loss of its resident, Algonquin students and faculty mourned their alumnus, and the Southborough community shared their grief. So, it’s no surprise that the Regional School Committee is considering naming part of the school in honor of Arsenault.
In 2015, the committee put out a call for nominations for people after whom to name the school, parts of the school or grounds. A subcommittee was formed to review the nominations. Apparently, Arsenault’s name was nominated.
In December, the school district announced that the subcommittee endorsed that nomination. (Precisely what would be named after him wasn’t announced.)
The next step is a public comment period which runs until February 20th. More details are below:
Naming Committee Moves Nomination Forward – Public Comment Invited
The Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee voted unanimously to accept the nomination recommended by the Naming Subcommittee at its November 18, 2015 meeting. The Naming Subcommittee convened, as defined by Policy F-100, Naming of the High School, Parts of the High School, and Grounds, on April 15, 2015 to consider all nominations pursuant to this policy. Spec. Brian K. Arsenault, a graduate of Algonquin Regional Class of 2004, who was a paratrooper with the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed on September 4, 2014, when his unit was set upon by enemy small-arms fire in Ghazni, Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Afghanistan Campaign medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the basic Parachutist Badge. According to policy, a 3-month period of public comment must be provided before the Regional School Committee takes its final vote. The public comment period began November 20, 2015 and will extend through February 20, 2016. Comments should be sent via the Superintendent of Schools, 53 Parkerville Road, Southborough, MA 01772 or to email@example.com. All comments will be shared with the Regional School Committee at its February 24, 2016 regularly scheduled meeting.