The recent Planet Princeton article entitled, "Princeton school board rejects proposal to remove the name of John Witherspoon Middle School,” mistakenly suggests that the Board voted not to change the name of John Witherspoon Middle School.
The recording of the meeting shows that this is not at all what happened. The Board voted against a resolution to remove the name immediately, before public comment is complete.
The Board is fully committed to the transparent public process that commenced at last week’s Policy Committee meeting. That Committee submitted a plan to the full Board prior to the July 28 meeting where the plan was read and accepted by the Board without any member expressing concerns or objections.
The plan involves continued, active engagement with the public, especially to ensure that all who wish to comment are able to do so. It also ensures that future action will engage educators and students in a restorative, educational, and intentional plan that will connect any decision about the school name to larger plans around equity, inclusion, racial literacy, and anti-racism in our schools.
Most Board members made statements at the meeting where they very clearly expressed their willingness and in some cases strong desire to change the name once the process is complete.
The next public meeting to discuss a new name for John Witherspoon Middle School will be August 10 at 7 PM via Zoom. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in the discussion.
- District News