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March 25, 2013

Peru Central addresses name change

PERU — There are some passionate feelings over a new name for Peru Central School District’s Secondary School.

“Please do everything you can to get out there and talk to people, community members, because I feel strongly that it would just make me so sad to think that Peru Central School is changed to Peru Academy,” Kristin Roy told the School Board at a recent meeting. “I’m sorry, I think that’s ridiculous.”

PCSD’s middle and high schools were combined March 1 as part of a district-wide restructuring and became known as Peru Secondary School.

However, the district invited the community to weigh in on a more permanent name for the school. 

Two surveys, one for students and one for community members, were posted on the district’s website and asked people to vote for a new name; one choice was “Peru Academy.” 

Survey participants also had the option of typing in their own suggestions.

The surveys have since closed. 

NAME ‘RIDICULOUS’

Roy was among multiple district residents who expressed frustration at the meeting, saying the district failed to properly communicate information about the name change to the public.

Many were not aware that the online surveys existed or do not have Internet access, she told the board, yet the district encouraged students to vote on a new name for the school. 

In addition, she noted, the survey allowed her to cast multiple votes, and even non-residents of the district were able to take part.

“I think you really need a representative vote, and I don’t know if you’re going to get that doing the system that you have set up ... You could be getting people who are voting from God knows where.

DISTRICT UNCHANGED

Board President Donna LaRocque said the new name would only affect the secondary grades; the district will remain known as Peru Central School.

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