YUMA, Ariz. - The Yuma Union High School District Governing Board passed a measure that would remove the word "alternative" from Vista High School.
The measure was passed during a meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 with a 5 to 0 vote. Officials said it was based, in part, on "overwhelming" survey data completed by students and staff that supported the change.
“I feel very good about the name change,” VHS Principal Brett Surguine said after the meeting. “I want our students to feel proud about the work they do and this takes away one more obstacle towards what makes them proud.”
Vista High School was established in 1991 and serves students who benefit from a smaller academic environment.
“The word "Alternative" can have different meanings for individuals outside of our district,” YUHSD Superintendent Gina Thompson said. “Students who may benefit from the smaller environment may hesitate or not understand the label of 'alternative'. The change to Vista High School aligns with our other high schools and the academic experience of our Lobos.”
The change goes into effect immediately.
YUHSD officials said the school sign and marquee will be updated within the coming weeks.