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Archive for Tuesday, April 10, 1990

REQUEST TO CHANGE NAME CONSIDERED

April 10, 1990

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The Lawrence School Board considered Monday night a request to change the name of South Junior High School. And although board members weren't offered a specific name to mull over, they can anticipate a slew of suggestions in the future.

Orvel Criqui, former South principal, said that in light of the recent request to rename Central Junior High School after the Liberty Memorial High School it once housed, he thought it would be a good idea to consider a more historical name for South.

"As you recall, the site where South is located was once part of Haskell (Indian Junior College) and was given to the district by the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs," said Criqui, reading from a letter he sent to the board. "To honor the Native Americans and to recognize the continuing good will between Lawrence and the Indian community . . . we suggest that the Board of Education consider changing the name of South to a name reflecting the contributions of the Native American community."

THE LETTER also was signed by Russell Blackbird, assistant principal at South; Clenece Hills, teacher at South; Toni Dudley, former chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Haskell Affairs Committee; and Sandy Praeger, second vice president of the Haskell Foundation, a private group that supports Haskell and seeks private donations to support the school.

Criqui said Blackbird would approach South's student council about developing suggestions for a new name. The student council could, in turn, enlist the help of students, the Haskell community, South's Parent Advisory Council and others in the South community in coming up with ideas.

Although the board took no action on the matter, School Board President Mary Lou Wright said it was the appropriate time to start thinking about a name change. If a proposed second high school is built, the directional names currently used by the junior high schools might be used by the two high schools, and the junior highs will have to be renamed, she said.

IN OTHER action Monday, the board:

Approved the purchase of a Kodak photocopying machine to replace the administration center's present machine, which one administrator described as a "lemon."

Ken Fisher, assistant superintendent for business and facilities, said because the district would make a trade-in on the Kodak machine, it would have to pay only $6,118. A new Kodak machine on the open market would cost about $34,000, he said.

Selected Flooring Specialists, a Lenexa firm, to carpet several classrooms, gyms and hallways for $64,480. The district has ordered the work completed by Aug. 1.

Voted to pay $7,175 to continue the board's membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards for the 1990-91 school year.

Heard a report from Marilyn McCleary, the district's elementary science coordinator, on activities related to Earth Day.

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