CAMDEN, NJ — Today is the deadline to help rename Woodrow Wilson High School following Superintendent Katrina McCombs announcement that the East Camden school would soon stop paying homage to the former president who demonstrated racist values.”

“The Committee will be made up of 20 to 25 people - parents, district employees, students, alumni, and other community members,” district officials said in a statement. 

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Meals during the summer

Although the academic year has come to a close, the district says meal distributions won’t be stopping. School children in Camden can access a variety of sites across the city, which are mapped out by non-profit organization Camden Enrollment online. 

An ID is not required for children and teenagers under 18 to access meals - which will be provided every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to Noon from July 1 – August 31.

To access food text “Food” to 877-877 or call 1-866-3HUNGRY (or 1-866-348-6479).

Long-term planning

The Camden City School District (CCSD) is currently laying the path for education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials have posted a survey online posing several questions to parents and students about their experiences with the district.

An engagement survey is also underway with the district saying, “in looking at enrollment trends, and to ensure equity across all schools within the city, the Camden City School District must make plans that give students and families an equitable choice across all school types.”

Per the recent school board meeting: 6,005 students attend Camden’s 19 district schools, 4,208 K-12 students attend the seven charter schools and 4,948 K-12 students attend the nine renaissance schools. 

“We're thinking about how we are setting the district up for sustainability in the future,” McCombs said at the meeting in discussing the state of buildings and other mounting costs. “That requires that we all play a critical role...stakeholders, family, community members, students, also educators from all of the different landscapes and all of the different sectors of our district.”

“You will often hear me say that it is every parent's right to choose what school they decide to send their students to. I have that right as a parent. Many of us have had that right, and so it is important that we make sure that whatever choices made in the city of Camden, it is a choice of high quality,” McCombs said. 

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