Our Opinion: Centennial board makes right call
Kudos to the Centennial School Board for reaching an appropriate and measured decision on the renaming of Lynch View Elementary School.
The decision demonstrates respect for the memory of the Lynch family, which donated land to the district in 1900. Going forward, the school will be known as Patrick Lynch Elementary School.
In that context, the board acknowledged the historic connection with the Lynch family. And by adding a first name to the school, the board removed the possibility that young children would confuse the school name with an act of racial hatred.
The board also set in motion an effort to study the renaming of Lynch Wood and Lynch Meadows elementary schools.
As some readers will remember, The Outlook opposed the removal of "Lynch" from the school names simply on the grounds that "lynch" has racist overtones. Our take was — and still is — that its misguided to participate in semantic gymnastics over a perfectly good name.
The Outlook advocated for adding a first name to the school moniker, and that's what the board has done. Problem solved.
Because the board has honored the memory of the Lynch family, the district should see less public resistance to name changes for Lynch Wood and Lynch Meadows elementary schools.
Because the Centennial Board has found solid middle ground, we hope the community opposition to the name changes will subside.