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Opposition Voiced On School Name Change

Henry Gets Applause For Suggestion

Supporters of the Northeast Academy of Health Sciences & Engineering don’t want the name of the school changed.

Opponents to a name change (including alumni, parents and students) voiced their opposition at Monday’s meeting of Oklahoma City’s school board.

The school board earlier decided to rename the school “the Classen school of Advanced Studies.

With the school board plan, the Northeast Academy building will become the new home for high school students who attend the Classen School of Advanced Studies.

Classen SAS, an application school that serves students in grades six through 12, is known for its International Baccalaureate Diploma and Visual and Performing Arts programs.

School board member Charles Henry railed against the name change.

He suggested the school be renamed Northeast Classen School of Advanced Studies.

The district is closing 15 schools and reconfiguring or relocating 17 others as part of a plan to align facilities and resources with instructional needs.

Beginning Aug. 12, Classen’s existing building, 1901 N Ellison St., will be home to middle school students, including those from Northeast who desire to make the move.

Those who do not can attend their assigned neighborhood school, officials said, adding that the same goes for high school students who currently attend Northeast.

School Board Member Charles Henry (District 1) drew cheers as he proposed keeping part of the Northeast Academy name.

Phyllis Crigler applauds at Monday’s school board meeting. ..To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper