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Hanover School Board votes to replace Confederate-named schools

Hanover School Board solicits feedback over Confederate-named schools
Posted at 12:30 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 08:00:42-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- The Hanover County School Board approved two new names that will replace Lee Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to rename Lee Davis High School to Mechanicsville High School.

The board had a 6-1 vote for renaming Stonewall Jackson Middle School to Bell Creek Middle School.

This vote comes after months of debate, following the school board's decision to rename the schools back in July.

In August, surveys were sent out to the community for input, with the majority wanting to see the high school renamed Mechanicsville.

But most of the people who came out to Tuesday's meeting said the names should not have been changed.

“What you’re teaching these children, democracy means ignoring the overwhelming majority of your residents to promote the agenda of a very small handful of folks within this county," one resident said.

“My oldest daughter refuses to walk the stage. She refuses even to get senior pictures because that’s not her school. So, thank you for that," another resident added. "My son, we were driving by yesterday, and he was telling me 'you know mom this makes me so depressed that the name of my school is gone.”

“You had the surveys, you had everything. You are not listening to your constituents," a resident said.

New mascots and colors will now be chosen for both schools.

The school board will not have a say in that decision, but it will be left up to the schools.