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August 15, 2013

Name change group forming

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — After a slight delay, next week will see the creation of the committee charged with looking at the possible renaming of North Park Junior High School.

At a meeting Wednesday, Lockport School Board members held their first official reading of the district’s new policy on naming or renaming buildings, plaques and memorials. Two official readings are needed before the board can adopt a policy.

President John Linderman said Board of Education members are expected to have their second reading and adoption vote at the next meeting on Aug. 21. The item appears on the agenda for that meeting.

Originally expected to be named in May, Board of Education members decided to put off establishing the committee. The reason for the postponement was that former Trustee Jon A. Williams was not re-elected, school officials said, as he was expected to serve on the committee as the board’s representative.

Instead, Trustee Marietta Schrader will replace Williams on the committee, Linderman said. The committee would include an administrator, a teacher, a student and three community members.

Linderman said three community members expressed interest in joining the committee. Board members decided to allow all three to be apart of the group.

“We asked for community volunteers and three came forward,” Linderman said.

When it is created, it’s expected the committee will take no longer than six months to complete its work and make a recommendation to the school board. The board would have to approve a new name with a two-thirds vote.

The idea of renaming the school came before the board about a year ago, when a group of residents made a request that North Park Junior High School be renamed in honor of Aaron A. Mossell, an African-American businessman who was instrumental in desegregating Lockport schools.

Most of Lockport’s buildings are named after an individual, save for the high school and North Park. North Park opened as an elementary school in 1940 on Passaic Avenue. It was a middle school until the district reorganized, moving all seventh- and eighth-graders to North Park and calling it a junior high school.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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