AISD reviewing submissions to rename schools named after Confederate leaders


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin ISD is sorting through more than 200 community submissions in an effort to rename three schools and one campus building currently named after Confederate leaders. 

By the end of October, Lanier and Reagan High schools, Fulmore Middle School and the John T. Allan Facility will all be known as something different. 

In order to sort through the submitted names, each school and facility has its own advisory committee that’s narrowing down submissions to three finalists, which it will than pass along to the school board. 

The district has specific criteria it requires submitting to meet. For names of people they include:
-historically connected
-servant leader
-respected for integrity and strong principles
-embodies equity and social justice
-committed to education
-inspirational and visionary

For places they include:
-ice/has a reputation for being inclusive
-historically erased place that has enduring sacred meaning to people of color
-curriculum or topic of focus for that particular school
-represents unique natural quality of school area

President Barack Obama, Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, and Singer Beyonce are among the people whose names were submitted and made it through the screening process.

“The goal is for our campuses to be named after individuals who we feel like really fit with the core beliefs and the values of the district,” said Brian Hill, a Special Assistant to the Superintendent.

The cost of replacing signs at the various locations is estimated at $77,000. There is an additional cost for replacing sports uniforms that varies from campus to campus.

AISD hopes to have the new names in place at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

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