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Staunton School Board Discusses Survey Results of New School Name

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Staunton City School Board members met to discuss the new name of Robert E. Lee High School. Staunton City School Board members met to discuss the new name of Robert E. Lee High School.
Some audience members were against changing the name of the school. Some audience members were against changing the name of the school.
STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) -

One day after survey results revealed the public’s opinion on the next name of Robert E. Lee High School, school board members met to discuss their options.

On Thursday morning, members of the Staunton City School Board held a work session to have an open discussion about the submissions from a survey released last month. On Wednesday, the survey closed and results became public on Thursday with more than 4,000 submissions.

The top two vote-getters on the survey were Staunton High School and Queen City High School, but some board members are not thrilled about either. They said Queen City could be seen as offensive and strayed from that option.

Many of the members leaned toward Staunton High School as a potential replacement. However, board member Christine Poulson said she would prefer Staunton United, explaining that Staunton High School is tired to when the schools were still segregated.

A couple of audience members were not happy with any options, saying the board is getting rid of history.

“Our group supports the name Robert E. Lee High School and I don’t think our position will change on that,” said Fritz Fairfield of Save The Name.

In October, the board voted 4-2 to change the name of the school. The vote came after months of debate about the appropriateness of the school being named after a former Confederate leader.

The board is expected to make a decision at their next board meeting on November 12.