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Auburn pauses high school renaming process as community frustration grows

The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education voted 7-2 at a meeting on Tuesday to pause the high school’s controversial renaming process.

The process, which drew criticism from a chunk of local residents, was viewed as a failure to some. Even board members questioned the process, before ultimately allowing the renaming effort to be paused.

Most speakers at that meeting spoke against renaming the high school. A community survey had been launched by the district. An advisory board consisting of 36-members had also been created by the Board of Education to consider potential names.


It all began with a push by students earlier in the year to name the school after Harriet Tubman.

At this point it’s unclear how the process will move forward. Dr. Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson, who introduced the resolution to pause the process, said that the district needed to find a way to let renaming be a ‘celebration’ not a ‘fight’, according to The Citizen.

The controversial renaming process had created a lot of mixed feelings in the district and led to frustration among some community members who felt there was no need to rename it.



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