November 18, 2013

Peru Central renames secondary grades

PERU —  The building comprising Peru Central’s seventh through 12th grades is now known as Peru Junior/Senior High School.

The School Board voted unanimously this week in favor of adopting the new name, which garnered the most votes on a public survey offered by the district.

“It is my feeling that we should honor the results of that survey because we went to the trouble of making sure that survey happened,” Board President Donna LaRocque told meeting attendees before the vote.

“We opened it up to the public, (and) we had a lot of students vote on that.”


The idea to re-title the institution came in early 2013, when the district’s former Middle and High schools combined.

While the schools were housed in the same building even before merging, they were previously under separate administration.

The restructuring also resulted in the merging of the former Peru Primary and Intermediate schools to form one institution covering kindergarten through sixth grade. At the time, it became informally known as Peru Elementary School, a name that was also made official at this week’s meeting.


Because some services that PCSD purchases are priced based on the number of schools in the district, the restructuring stands to bring savings, as it combined Peru Central’s four schools into two.

The name change was put into effect retroactively as of Aug. 1, 2013.

In addition to “Peru Junior/Senior High School,” survey takers also had the option of voting for other potential names for the secondary grades, including “Peru Academy,” or writing in their own suggestions.

The survey was accessible through the district’s website,, for a portion of February and March. Shortly after it closed, however, some residents expressed concern to the board that many people never knew the survey existed or did not have Internet access.

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