PATERSON, NJ – Paterson Public Schools officials are seeking input into the naming of the new middle school currently under construction on Union Avenue and the Peace Center that opened last fall at Eastside High School.

“Public school facilities belong to the public, and it is only right that the members of the public have a voice in the process of naming these two very special places in our district,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “The process that we have created with the Board of Education commissioners gives people the chance to make their case in support of naming the coming middle school and the new Peace Center after a particular person.”

The application has been made available on the homepage of the district’s website, www.paterson.k12.nj.us. Completed applications should be sent to Board Secretary Cheryl Williams at cwilliams@paterson.k12.nj.us. The deadline is Monday, June 29.

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A public hearing on naming the two facilities has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, and the selection of names to be presented for Board of Education approval has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 12.

According to police established earlier this year no Paterson public school or school facility can be named after a living person.

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