As reported by the American-Statesman’s Melissa Taboada, the Austin Independent School District school board will be seeking new names for five schools. The board voted 7-2 to change the names of schools that bear the names of Confederate leaders and soldiers. Those in favor of the change noted that the names were placed on schools in areas with high minority populations during the civil rights movement. Those opposed raised concerns despite ultimately voting for the measure, pointed to the estimated cost of $77,000 per campus. It is unclear how long the renaming process will take. The district will be hosting various community forums to notify the public of the changes and solicit feedback for the new names.
Michael Reed: Name the high schools after community leaders and activists who made a difference in each of the neighborhoods over the last 30 to 40 years — and people like that should be easy to find and to honor.
Patricia Deane: Just name them after the street they are on.
Chip Schrader: Nolan Ryan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Bullock and Ann Richards.
Michael R. Moseley: Can’t use Ann Richards. There is already a school with her name on the south side.
Janell Reece: I think I should own one of those school houses by now. Lord knows, I have paid in enough tax money in my lifetime and am still paying even though I have great grandchildren. Name one of them “ Gotcha, Granny.”
Oscar Garza Jr.: Leslie Cochran High School.
Steve Griffin: Don’t give ‘em any bright ideas!
Jose W. Adame-Santiago: “Roy P. Benavidez.”
Jennifer Freed Langley: Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan for starters.
Sheri Alexander: As long as it’s referred to as “Willie Nelson High” — ha ha.