As Austin district trustees near a vote on whether to change school names with ties to the Confederacy, community members this week will get a chance to give input on the proposal.
The public can provide feedback, starting tonight, on school namesakes during two community conversations. District leaders will provide historical context surrounding school names and will facilitate small group discussions.
The meetings will not solicit names for specific campuses.
After months of debate, the majority of school board members last week agreed they will vote Feb. 26 on whether to change the names of five schools that bear the names of people who served in the Confederate Army. If the board approves making the change, there will be more community meetings on the issue.
The school board is considering renaming the following five campuses:
• The Allan facility (the former Allan Elementary), named for John T. Allan, an officer in the Confederate army.
• Reagan High School, named for John H. Reagan, the Confederacy’s postmaster general.
• Eastside Memorial High School at the Johnston campus, which is named for Gen. Albert S. Johnston.
• Lanier High School, named for Sidney Lanier, a noted poet who fought for the Confederacy.
• Fulmore Middle School, named for Zachary Taylor Fulmore, a private in the Confederate army.
Other school districts, including Dallas and Houston, have approved changing the names of schools with Confederate ties.
Community conversations on possible renaming of schools
6-7:30 p.m. tonight, Austin Community College Eastview campus auditorium, 3401 Webberville Road
6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Gethsemane Lutheran Church gymnasium, 200 W. Anderson Lane