In March 2019, the district provided a comprehensive update on the Coolidge Corner School Renaming Process and the work of the “Bee-lievers of Change” - our student nominations committee - will do to choose a new name for the Coolidge Corner School. We are excited to announce that our student group has selected 15 official semi-finalist names for further consideration.
The semi-finalist names will be presented to the public at our Renaming Nights on:
- Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Coolidge Corner School, Multipurpose Room
- Thursday, April 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Public Library of Brookline at Brookline Village, Hunneman Hall
- Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Brookline High School, MLK Room
During the official window to submit nominations (from December 10 through January 23) we received 119 unique name nominations from over 250 entries. Since then, the Bee-lievers of Change vetted and reviewed every name using a rubric that included the town’s naming criteria, the school’s core values, and whether or not the name meets any restorative justice criteria. Students were supported throughout this process by PSB staff and community members.
The student committee researched each semi-finalist name and developed background summaries of each that will be presented and shared during the Renaming Nights. We invite the entire community to attend one of the Renaming Nights and interact with our student teams, learn more about the semi-finalist names that they brought forward, and share feedback about your preferred name or names. Student teams are also prepared to discuss why certain names were not moved forward into the semi-finalist stage.
We should all be very proud of our students who have worked collaboratively and diligently to select semifinalist names that represent civil rights leaders, freedom fighters, political leaders, advocates, and agents of change, and whose legacy directly impact each and every one of us in Brookline. Our students believed that it was most important to recognize and celebrate the ideals that guided each of the semi-finalists throughout their lives. Whether the nominee’s efforts focused on the Town of Brookline, the State of Massachusetts or the nation, each of our semi-finalists upheld, celebrated, and fought for the rights and dignity of all people, and we in Brookline should strive to do the same each and every day.
We welcome your feedback on the semi-finalist names between April 3 and April 29, 2019. The student committee will use all input received during this period to recommend finalist names to be considered by the School Committee and the Town-wide Naming Committee in May 2019. In addition to reviewing the semi-finalist presentation materials and providing your feedback in person during the Renaming Nights, you may provide feedback online through this comment form.
Follow the links below to learn more about each semi-finalist. If you would like to provide comment online, please click here:
Frederick Douglass Sybil Holmes Massasoit Metacomet Susan Paul Sojourner Truth