School board changes Meriwether Lewis Elementary to Ivy Elementary
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The name of an elementary school in Albemarle County is going to be changed.
The Albemarle County School Board announced on Friday that Meriwether Lewis Elementary will become Ivy Elementary.
According to a release, this is the fifth school in the county that will be seeing its name changed as part of an ongoing process to review the names of schools that have been named for individuals.
The vote took place during the board’s meeting on Thursday, with members of the board approving a recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas.
“In the first survey during this process, the committee asked which criteria were important to consider in naming a school, and more than eight out of every 10 respondents chose location. The school is located in the heart of Ivy, and the Ivy Elementary name honors the school’s strong connections and partnership with its local community,” said Haas of the name change.
A community advisory committee asked for feedback from residents through two surveys and two public meetings.
The release says four people spoke during the meetings and 25 comments were submitted via email during the review process.
There was also research from the Virginia Tribal Education Consortium, the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society, and the University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History.
Additionally, fifth graders from the elementary school participated in the process.
Members of the committee wanted to know if people thought Meriwether Lewis exemplified the school division’s values of equity, excellence, family and community, and wellness.
Haas selected the name Ivy from three options presented to him by the committee. The other two options were the current name or Owensville.
Since 2018, eight schools have had their names reviewed. Of those, five have had their names changed and three names were retained.
For more information on the review process, click here.