Austin ISD moves to rename schools with Confederate ties by 2018

The Austin School Board discussing potential name changes for more schools and facilities named after Confederate Leaders.

AUSTIN – Austin ISD leaders said during the Monday meeting of the Board of Trustees that the district will rename five campuses with names tied to the Confederacy by August 2018.

The district said Monday morning the board was set to discuss the proposal during its meeting Monday night. After getting grilled though, Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz admitted the change will happen whether or not the public likes it.

Administrators already met with campus principals and advisory committees at the five campuses: The Allan facility, Fulmore Middle School, Lanier High, Reagan High and Eastside Memorial High at the Johnston campus. The next steps will be for the district to meet with community groups and students to gather feedback. The district's agenda states naming committees would be formed in January, public submissions of names in February and a board vote on the name changes in March.

In May 2016, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary to Russell Lee Elementary, a Depression-era photographer and founder of the University of Texas photography department.

Austin ISD said the total cost of renaming all five campuses – including signage on buildings, gym floors, marquees and uniforms - is estimated at $322,000.

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