Students select new names for two Charlottesville schools
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two schools in Charlottesville will be getting new names.
According to a release, the Charlottesville City Schools Naming of Facilities Committee has recommended changing the names of Venable and Clark elementary schools.
This comes after two years of seeking and receiving feedback from the community and students.
The committee did consider keeping or modifying the school names, but members determined that doing so would continue to uphold the original namesakes.
Scott Venable was an officer in the Confederate Army while George Rogers Clark was a commanding officer during the Revolutionary War. The men have ties to slavery and genocide.
Third- and fourth-grade students at both elementary schools were able to vote on their selection for a new name.
At Venable, the students have selected Trailblazers Elementary to honor the Charlottesville 12, their parents and other desegregation heroes in the area. It also encourages students to blaze new trails.
Over at Clark, the students selected Friendship Elementary by a narrow margin.
The school division says this name honors the relationships at the heart of a school and references the name of Friendship Court, where several of the school’s students currently live.
The name of Friendship Court may also be changed as part of a redesign project at the residential facility.
The second-place vote was Summit Elementary, referencing the school’s views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the school’s goal of encouraging students to reach new heights.
The Charlottesville School Board is asking the community for feedback regarding the vote between Friendship and Summit.
The release says there were only five votes separating the two options.
People who wish to submit feedback can send an email to [email protected] before the upcoming meeting on Jan. 5.
For more information on the process up to this point, click here.