June 11, 2020
Dear Wiseburn Families and Friends,
I hope everyone enjoyed the last days of school and that our families are safe and healthy.
I send this email to you as the last time we will officially reference one of our schools as Peter Burnett. In light of recent events, the Board of Trustees made a swift decision at last night’s meeting to engage immediately in a name changing process for the school. I will convene an advisory committee that will include teachers, staff members, administrators, students, Board Members, and community members to select a name that best exemplifies the values, ethics, and mission of our school community. As many of you know, Peter Burnett has a tarnished history of racism, exclusion, and hate, which directly opposes the values of our district.
I want to share that the name change has nothing to do with those who treasured their time at Peter Burnett Elementary School. There are many who dedicated a long and enriching career supporting our students at the school and its accolades, great reputation, and excellence are because of the people not the namesake. The many students who have cherished the excellent education at Peter Burnett should still value their experience as members of a school community that provided them a top notch educational experience.
Starting tomorrow, the signage will be covered and removed and we will reference the school as 138th St. School until a more fitting and permanent name is established and approved. I am proud of our community and thankful to the Board of Trustees for their leadership in ensuring that our schools represent justice, equity, and inclusion for all.
I will follow up with specifics as they become available and will continue to update the community on important future events.
Wishing you good health and safety!
Have a great start to the summer.
Blake Silvers, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools