On Monday (June 18) Richmond Public School Board voted to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School after the first African-American U.S. President, Barack Obama.
The process, which included five public comment sessions and a web page for name suggestions, began in response to community outcry following the Charlottesville monument protests.
RPS teachers, staff, parents, and community members were involved in the renaming process.
The estimated cost of the name change is $26,000 and includes replacing the wooden sign at the front of the school, a new marquee, a bronze plaque, rubber mats, stationery, letterhead, office supplies, and other miscellaneous items that will bear the new moniker.
Students are expected to return in the fall to the newly renamed Barack Obama Elementary School.
“In the former capital of the Confederacy, we decided to stop honoring an individual who fought to preserve slavery – and to begin honoring our first African-American President instead,” said Superintendent Jason Kamras. “I’m thrilled that the students of J.E.B. Stuart – who recommended Barack Obama as one of their top choices for the new name – will now have the opportunity to attend a school that honors a leader who represents the great promise of America.”
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