What’s in a name? A lot when it comes to Abington School District. Administrators apologized to the school community and alumni on Tuesday for failing to include them in talks about renaming the high school for a $25 million donor and alumnus.
The apology came as part of a proclaimed effort to be more transparent about the details surrounding the donation by billionaire investor and philanthropist Stephen A. Schwarzman, writes Michael Tanenbaum for the Philly Voice.
Abington Senior High School will keep its name after community pressure led the district to scrap a plan that would have honored Schwarzman, who agreed to maintain his historic $25 million gift without the name change.
The state-of-the-art Center for Science and Technology, a brand new building expected to open in 2020, will be named for Schwarzman to acknowledge his essential role in the school’s transformation.
Plans for additions and renovations to the high school, along with site maps of the proposed renovations, were released by the school district earlier this year.
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