Officials said any donations will help with name-change expenses, which otherwise would need to be covered entirely by county taxpayers.
WASHINGTON — Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest public school system in the D.C. region, is asking for financial donations to help cover the substantial costs associated with renaming J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia.
Board members voted 7-4 in favor of renaming the school “Justice High School.”
Sandy Evans, a board member from the Mason district, said using the word “Justice” would be a good way to honor Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Rose Johns, Louis Gonzaga Mendez Jr. and all those who have fought for justice and equality.
Johns was a Civil Rights leader and Mendez was a U.S. Army officer who joined Virginia’s education department.
Evans said the controversial renaming process was the hardest issue she has faced in her eight years on the board.
The school name change will need to happen no later than the start of the 2019-2020 school year, and Superintendent Scott Brabrand is expected to announce a plan in the coming weeks on how to carry out the process.
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