Here’s hoping Ann Arbor school board officials make the right decision over naming the Pioneer High School track – Ann Arbor Sports – MLive.com
Here’s hoping Ann Arbor school board officials make the right decision over naming the Pioneer High School track
by Pete Bigelow | News Sports Editor
Saturday June 06, 2009, 9:20 PM

You must understand.

There’s a process.

There might not be any common sense, nor measure of fairness or respect for all parties associated with that process, but that’s not really important to Pioneer High School officials.

There is a process, and that’s all they want everyone to know when it comes to how they’re handling the possible naming of the school’s track after long-time girls track coach Bryan Westfield.

“There’s a process for requesting a facility or a track to be named,” Ann Arbor school board president Karen Cross said. “There’s a process. … E-mails to the board is not the process. If a group or individual wishes to have any of our facilities named or re-named, they have to go through the process.”

Pioneer athletic director Lorin Cartwright agreed.

“The process is the process, and there’s a reason for the process,” she said.

This arcane, ambiguous and apparently all-important process came under scrutiny last week after officials unveiled their proposal to name the school’s track after Westfield at a board meeting open to the public.

School officials asked a reporter covering that meeting to keep quiet about their proposal, which could be voted upon this Wednesday, allegedly to surprise Westfield.

The reporter did not. And when others outside the cabal of officialdom learned of their proposal, they felt confused, deceived and, more than anything, hurt.

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