Public comment meeting on Cale Elementary name announced

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Members of the community will be able to comment on a proposal to change the name of a local school at a meeting coming up next week.

The community advisory committee that is reviewing the naming of Cale Elementary School will hold a public comment meeting on June 18 at 6 p.m.

This will be the second time the committee is meeting, and this meeting will take place at Albemarle High School.

According to a release, the express purpose of this meeting is to hear comments from members of the public about the committee's charge to apply school division values to the naming of schools.

The release also says all 15 schools that are named for people in the Albemarle County Public Schools division will be evaluated in light of the naming policy adopted by the Albemarle County School Board earlier this year.

The committee wants to learn as much as it can about the period of time when Paul Cale was the division's superintendent, between 1947 and 1969.

"The committee is eager to hear especially from members of the community who have personal knowledge of that period of time, when the school division was transitioning from a segregated school system to an integrated one," said John Gray, the committee's coordinator. "All points of view not only are welcome, they are important to the committee's fact-gathering process."

Under the terms of the naming policy, the committee needs to finish its work and send a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas within 90 days of its first meeting.

That means the deadline is Aug. 26.

Haas will then make a recommendation to the school board on if the elementary school's name should be changed.

If the school board decides to change the name, the advisory committee will reconvene and have another 90 days to recommend a new name.

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