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Survey respondents overwhelmingly didn’t want Auburn High School’s name changed

To change or not to change- that has been the question for voters in the Auburn Enlarged City School District.

While school officials took a pause around a renaming effort led by students during the second half of last school year- a survey went out to families, posing a relatively simple question: What name would you like to see?

The answer was overwhelming, according to survey results released by the district.

It determined that more than 80% of respondents were not in favor of changing the name of Auburn High School. There were a pair of surveys, both of which received more than 2,500 votes collectively.

The Auburn Citizen obtained the survey results through a FOIL request, which sought to identify where the public sat on the issue after the surveys were completed. A large committee had been identified by the Board of Education to see through the process of name-change, before being paused by district officials.

Cost, expense, and money-related issues were significant items on the minds of those who did not want to see the name of the high school changed. Those individuals also cited a desire to maintain a sense of community.