(Staunton, Va.) — Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton is getting a new name.
The Staunton School Board voted 4-2 Monday night to change the name of the school, which was named in memory of the Confederate general. The board launched an online survey this week to receive community input on what to rename the school. Comments will be accepted through next month.
This vote comes after months of debate. Some said the name perpetuates racism while others claimed it represents Southern heritage.
Other schools in Virgnia have taken similar action in recent months. Richmond Public Schools voted to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary School. The school boards in Falls Church and Petersburg also are renaming several Confederate-named schools.