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Name change proposal of 3 Oklahoma schools lacks support

Posted September 11

— Principals of three Oklahoma schools named after Confederate generals say there's little support among parents to change the names of the facilities.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora said last month following racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that some facility names don't "reflect our values in 2017," The Oklahoman reported.

"I've had very few parents come and give me their opinion about the name," said Theressa Manzanedo, the principal of Stand Watie Elementary. "They just know that Stand Watie is their elementary school and they care very much about their school."

Manzanedo said parents are more concerned of "what goes on inside the building."

Jackson Enterprise Elementary School Patrick Duffy said he hasn't had any phone calls of complaints or concerns from parents over the facility's name.

"I want to make sure when they come to school they feel comfortable and safe and that includes the name of the school as well as what takes place inside the school," Duffy said. "If that requires a name change, then we should have a name change."

Lee Elementary School Principal Amy Daugherty said changing the facility's name isn't a priority for her school based on community feedback from staff and parents.

"They very clearly stated that they did not want the name changed, that it's history for them," Daugherty said. "Many of them don't care who the school was named after, they just know it as Lee Elementary."

Lora plans to present a plan for community engagement to the school board Sept. 25. Board members will decide whether to change the names of the schools.

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