School renaming process underway

Photo of 138th St. School sign and exterior of buildings

During the 2020 school year, the Wiseburn Unified School District community rallied around an opportunity to reexamine the former name of 138th St. School, and to find a new name for the school site.

Because the former namesake of 138th St. School is widely recognized to have committed racist and xenophobic acts, the district took action to put a temporary name in place while also taking steps to initiate a community-oriented renaming process.

Originally, the names of Wiseburn's four schools were selected over 65 years ago. Since first temporarily renaming 138th St. School last year, the community also mobilized around the exciting opportunity to collectively affirm existing names or to select more timeless namesakes that align with the values of Wiseburn's tight-knit, inclusive, and welcoming community.

The renaming process

The district collected input and poll data on renaming from the community during the final semester of the 2020-21 school year, and established a citizens advisory committee during the summer of 2021.

During the first semester of the 2021-22 school year, the district aims to assemble and advise the citizen advisory committee, which will collectively explore current and prospective namesakes for school sites through discussion, deliberation, and transparent two-way communication with the broader community. The proposed process is as follows:

Flowchart for school renaming process

In essence, the citizens advisory committee acts as a guide or organizer of information to the broader community, fostering constant feedback loop among the citizens advisory committee, community, and Wiseburn Board of Education. Proposed names and community poll data will be presented to the Wiseburn Board of Education for final review and a decision.

The broader community is invited to sign up for the district's school renaming email group. This group will provide continuous feedback throughout the renaming process. To sign up, fill out the form below. (Please note: If you do not sign up for the email group, we will still invite feedback from the community via social media, so be sure to follow Wiseburn USD on social media.)

 

Wiseburn looks forward to collaboratively uncovering names that best represent the district, now and in the years to come, and thank the community for their input in the process.