Name change suggestions for Robert E. Lee Elementary due today

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

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Friday is the final day to voice your opinion about a heated topic concerning an Austin elementary school.

It concerns the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Hyde Park. Many wanted the confederate name off the building following the shootings inside a South Carolina church last year.

So far, district officials describe the response from the public as overwhelming since  400 new names have been submitted. Typically during a name change they say they receive between 100 to 150 suggestions.

Following the deadline the community engagement office with AISD will take Monday and Tuesday to go through each name suggestion. They want to make sure it’s not someone who is a convicted felon and determine if the person is alive or dead. Then the names go off to the school’s advisory council.

“The Lee Elementary School advisory council is going to be charged with looking at the entire list that has passed the vetting process and giving us a short list – their top three suggestions – then those three suggestions will be given to the board of trustees,” says Reyne Telles, Executive Director Community Engagement, AISD.

The Board of Trustees will decide between the top three names on May 23. In the meantime the public can make name suggestions until 5 p.m. Friday either in person or online.

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