(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- June 24, 2020) — The EPISD Board of Trustees last week voted to rename Lee Elementary School and the District is now looking for public input as it searches for a new name for the Northeast campus.
Trustees will use EPISD Policy CW (LOCAL) to gather and consider potential names for the school. Members of the public can submit a school-name nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Board’s decision to move away from the Robert E. Lee name provides EPISD with an opportunity to give the school a name that honors and celebrates the community it serves,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “The District welcomes this chance to rectify the hurtful practices school boards decades ago used to name campuses. We know the community will come up with a name that better reflects the values of El Paso today.”
EPISD policy states that name suggestions will be considered using the following guidelines:
A school may be named after an individual that has made exceptional contributions to public education, preferably to the District or society.
The individual must represent exemplary human qualities or serve as a model of excellence for the students who will attend the school.
The individual shall not be an employee at the time of consideration or selection of the name.
Diversity shall be given consideration in selecting a school name.
Names of geographic areas, landmarks or academic-educational functions also may be considered.