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D65 tables renaming of Haven School

[VIDEO] District 65 school board members this evening voted 4-3 to table the plan to rename Haven School after retiring Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton.

Board member Jerome Summers proposed the delay, suggesting that it would give board members time to discuss with Evanston aldermen the possibility of renaming the city’s Civic Center or another city facility after the mayor.

The city is precluded from naming any of its facilities after a current official, so action by the city would have to wait until after April’s election.

The motion to table derailed a compromise proposal from board member Bonnie Lockhart to rename the building Morton-Haven Middle School.

In addition to Lockhart, board president Mary Erickson and member Keith Terry voted against tabling the measure.

The proposal to rename the school had drawn intense opposition from some Haven parents.

Amy Teschner, a Haven parent, suggested the board could honor the mayor in several different ways — including erecting a statue of her at the school.

But Terri Shepard, whose three children have attended District 65 schools, said the alternative of naming the Civic Center for the mayor would be an insult.

Meeting video courtesy Evanston Community Media Center.

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