Edwards said she was stunned to read about the other school with the similar name in a Daily Breeze article Thursday. The group affiliated with Riordan has said it would submit a petition in mid-November. “That would be something that would have to change,” Edwards said about the name. “I believe it’s on a first-come, first-served basis.” In an e-mail Friday, Rebecca Bunn, Riordan Foundation president, said she was not aware of Edwards’ group. One of the groups would need to pick a different name, said Greg McNair, the chief administrative officer for LAUSD’s charter school division. “We will definitely try to convince them to change their names if they choose a name that is similar to an existing school,” McNair said. “The person who will have to change is the person who comes in second in terms of getting the charter approved.” The New Millennium group plans to open in the fall with 150 ninth-graders. Backers haven’t chosen a location but would rent space. The Millennium High group plans to open in the fall with 215 ninth- and 10th-graders. Both schools would add an additional grade level each year, eventually reaching about 500 to 600 high school students. Both schools also would have a technology orientation, but the Edwards group plans to offer technology curriculum as a vocational program. Edwards has made inroads with California State University, Dominguez Hills. The four-year university would offer college-level courses in digital media arts and computer programming to the students. Carson residents James and Melba Kirkendoll, an engineer and retired technology officer with the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, have been chosen as board members, Edwards said. The group’s September charter proposal was its second. In 2005, the group requested a charter as El Camino High from LAUSD and Centinela Valley Union High School District. Both were denied. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON: Two groups have applied to open charter schools with the word in their names. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Let the battle for the millennium begin. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Two groups planning to open technology-oriented charter schools in Carson in September are on a collision course over naming rights. Each group has claimed the word millennium, moves unlikely to pass the Los Angeles Unified School District’s filter if it ultimately grants the schools their operating charters. Earlier this month, a group with ties to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan announced plans for the New Millennium Secondary School. Unbeknownst to them, two teachers submitted a petition for Millennium High School a month earlier. Lisa Edwards, a Spanish instructor at El Camino College, and Stephany Glover, a substitute teacher at Curtiss Middle School in Carson, say they’ll open an independent high school with ninth and 10th grades in the fall.