Proposal to rename local school in honor of Sen. Christine Kehoe moves forward
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Monday, September 29th, 2014
SAN DIEGO – The GLBT Historic Task Force is urging community members to attend a public meeting to discuss the potential naming of a local elementary school in honor of former State Sen. Christine Kehoe Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at Florence Elementary School, 3914 First Ave., San Diego, 92103.
“Sen. Kehoe has dedicated her life to public service and is a role model leader who deserves this honor,” stated City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, chair of the GLBT Historic Task Force. “We urge all community members to show up Oct.r 8 and give their support.”
The community meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about the proposal and evaluate the needs and the process of the school district to accomplish a renaming. A petition required to show support for the renaming will be circulated. Supporters of the Kehoe School naming proposal and those with questions will be given time to speak at this public meeting.
“Having a school available to highlight tolerance and inclusiveness is important to our students,” said San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees President Kevin Beiser. “Sen. Kehoe is a true community leader, trail blazer and advocate for public education. It would be an honor to see this idea become a reality.”
The GLBT Historic Task Force was the organizing agent behind the successful street naming in honor of Harvey Milk and contributed to the Hillcrest Branch of the Wells Fargo Bank as it developed its community-specific historic mural.
“This community-driven effort will help our overall goals to memorialize San Diego’s LGBT history directly in the community, while better connecting a local school with the neighborhood it serves,” said Chris Ward, member of the GLBT Historic Task Force. “I am looking forward to the ideas that this public meeting can bring out, and the ongoing relationship between the school and the broader community.”
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