Renaming JEB Stuart High School
For those of you interested in the renaming debate; I watched the 7/17 work session (at 1.5x speed on YouTube to limit the pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1yspt1Fl1s).
Elizabeth Schultz made several cogent comments at about 1:05 and again at 2:15. Megan McLaughlin was also insightful. Others, including Tom Wilson and Karen Corbett Sanders, and Tamara Derenak Kaufax also pointed out the problems with trying to decide a name change without defining "compelling need". Tom Wilson pointed out that in the community survey there was approximately 25% of 1/3rd of the community that supported the name change - approximately 8%...
So, the FCPS Regulation on naming schools (8170.7) has not been followed; there is no indication of large support from the community, there is a broad range of "best practices" in addressing controversial name changes (including in many cases to do nothing) and there is substantial cost associated with a name change (estimated at $600K to 900K).
The Board will try to reach some agreement before the scheduled vote on the 28th. Mr. Moon, sensibly, suggested that a large majority vote was strongly preferable. We'll see... I don't get the sense from this discussion that there will be any name change for JEB Stuart, and hopefully the voices of reason will prevail and the whole debate moves to the Governance Committee and is carefully reconsidered.