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February 9, 2013

Name change


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Mossell supplied bricks for a school being built across from his family’s home on High Street, then tried to send his children there rather than the school for blacks several miles away. He pressed the Lockport School Board for five years, finally succeeding in 1876. That was almost 80 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court case that desegregated schools across the country.

But what if there were multiple proposals for a new name on a school? Board President John Linderman said he has received calls just casually asking if the district would consider renaming North Park with another name. Board Vice President David Nemi said there should be a time limit for when the committee will accept renaming proposals. 

”You don’t want this committee to be on-going, forever,” Nemi said.

The updated renaming policy would allow the committee to set up its own timeline, which would include a limit on receiving proposals. Linderman said the committee will make a recommendation, then the final decision would rest with the Board of Education.

Most of Lockport’s buildings are named after an individual, such as John Pound, a former Board of Education president and Washington Hunt, a governor and first Niagara County Court judge. The only two without a person’s name are Lockport High School and North Park.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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