JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school board has voted to rename six schools after Confederate leaders, but three others will be named after a French colonist and a US president who supported slavery and native The Americans were forced to move west along the trail. of tears.
After a month-long debate, the Duval County School Board decided on the names Tuesday night, news outlets reported.
Result: Joseph Finegan Elementary will become the Anchor Academy; Stonewall Jackson Elementary will be Hidden Oaks Elementary School; Jefferson Davis Middle to become Charger Academy; Kirby-Smith Middle will be renamed Springfield Middle School; JEB Stuart Middle would become Westside Middle School and Robert E. Lee High would become Riverside High School.
Three Jacksonville-area schools will bear their names: Jean Ribault Middle & High School and Andrew Jackson High School.
Some school board members wanted to remove the name of the 7th president, but their amendment failed.
Changes will not happen quickly, as the school sign and uniform will have to be updated.
“It’s a challenge,” Superintendent Diana Green told Firstcoast News. “You think you know what’s going to happen. You think you know how you’re supposed to feel, but then when it happens, I get a flood of emotions.”
Green said no sales tax money would be used in the name change process. She said the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to provide $200,000 to cover the cost of home uniforms for secondary schools.
Green said memorabilia and marquees would be saved in the schools. The district will work with alumni to determine where to place the items.
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