BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board’s Lee High Renaming Committee narrowed down a list of thousands of suggested names for renaming Lee High School to just three at a public meeting Monday, July 13.
The committee selected the following three names as finalists to rename the high school originally named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
The final three names are:
- Liberty Magnet High School
- Louisiana Magnet High School
- PBS Pinchback Magnet High School
The committee to rename Lee High school was filled with current and former students, teachers, school administrators, community members, certain board members, parents, and more.
“We really care about the name of our school, and we really wanted it to be something that made sense for the students, because we’re all a community at Lee Magnet High, or formerly known as Lee Magnet High,” Ronald Gibson, an eleventh grader, told WAFB.
School board member Connie Bernard was also in attendance taking notes.
5549 people made their voices heard when the survey was posted just a few weeks ago.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will consider the final names at a regular board meeting on Thursday, July 16.
“Those three names will go to Superintendent Drake, and Superintendent Drake will pick one name to recommend to the board for adoption as the new name of the high school. The board at that point will deliberate and select the final name,” School Board President Michael Gaudet said.
The goal is to get a new name for the high school in time for the start of the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 6.
The money to rename and re-brand the school could be between $250,000 and $300,000 according to Gaudet.
“And that goes to school uniforms, stationery, goes to repainting the emblem on the high school floor, goes to signage and all the things that go with that,” Gaudet said.
Gaudet says the school system will probably have to front some of the money for renaming the school from the school system general fund.
The non-profit organization, Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, is accepting donations for the efforts to rename Lee High School.
For more information, including how to donate, click here.
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