The Morning Brew: OKC Public Schools to consider name changes
Three schools to get new names
The Oklahoma City School Board will consider new names for three schools named after Confederate generals when members meet Monday night.
Students who attend Lee, Jackson Enterprise and Stand Watie elementary schools researched and voted on the new names, which the district has declined to disclose.
Committees made up of community members, school staff and parents recommended two names for each school.
"I'm pleased that we followed a process that allowed input from the broader community and the communities that surround those schools," board member Mark Mann said Thursday.
The board meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Northeast Academy, 3100 N Kelley.
Board member Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs said children should feel welcome "in the schools where they learn" and employees should feel welcome "in the places where they work."
"To make amends for the past, we have to own it," she said. "School names may seem like a small gesture, but all progress has value."