During the second meeting of the citizens advisory committee on November 4, the committee members determined that the current namesakes do not align with the Wiseburn assurances and prefer to rename the schools.
Less than one percent of the Wiseburn community responded to the currently open survey. A slight majority of the respondents feel the current namesakes of Anza, Cabrillo, and Dana do align with the Wiseburn assurances and prefer to not rename the schools.
When considering whether to rename schools, some respondents weighed factors beyond the Wiseburn assurances. Analytics of communications platforms also demonstrated that the same information presented to the committee isn’t necessarily being reviewed by community members.
This led to a discussion in the committee of weighing WUSD assurances against other factors and strengthening community engagement in the process of researching, reflecting, and voicing their opinions.
Following group discussions, committee members were presented with a committee member toolkit. In this toolkit, committee members have access to ideas and resources to spread information about school renaming.
For example, committee members were provided with information on the history of the renaming process, the steps they can encourage others to take, and how they can conduct outreach. They also were given access to resources like social media ideas and sample content and communications templates.
Committee members were then asked to make commitments about how they would inform and engage the community. They shared these commitments in a committee survey, which closed out the meeting.