AISD’s Robert E. Lee Elementary will be renamed

Robert E. Lee Elementary School (Erin Cargile/KXAN)
Robert E. Lee Elementary School (Erin Cargile/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The AISD board has voted to accept the recommendation to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary.

Robert E. Lee Elementary school was ahead of its time when it was built in 1939. It was the first Austin ISD school fueled by natural gas instead of coal. However, that piece of history is not what people are talking about right now.

Parents, past students, neighbors and community members are divided on the Confederate general’s role in history, and whether or not the school should bear his name. The school’s name was brought into question after the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Their state leaders removed the flag from federal grounds.

The Lee Elementary Campus Advisory Council recommended renaming the school and initiating a renaming process for the campus. The administration will be recommending that the school board side with the council and change the name.

The board’s decision drew a crowd as its done every time the issue shows up on the agenda. Several board members have expressed a desire to stop dragging out a decision so they can spend more time on other items directly impacting the classroom.

The board is now accepting nomination for the renaming of the school. The nomination process opens at 8 a.m. March 29 and closes at 5 p.m. April 15. The nominations will be complied in preparation for the board to decide on a name on May 23.

To submit recommendations on what the name of Elementary should be changed to, visit the district’s website. You can also submit a nomination by mailing the Community Engagement Office, Faciliy Naming Team, 1111 W. Sixth St., A-230, Austin, TX 78703.

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