RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia city is the rebranding of the only school named for an Employee general in honor of the United States’ first black president.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to the name of J. E. B. Stuart elementary School to Barack Obama elementary School. Kenya Gibson represents the school on the board and was the lone voice. Gibson wanted the vote postponed, and said there was a lack of local names included in the administrations rebranding recommendations.
The Richmond school board revealed the top three possible names Monday night. North side, Barack Obama and Wishtree took the majority of the votes of the students, knocking aside suggestions such as John Adams Primary school and Jackie Robinson Elementary school. The council estimates the cost about $26,000 to the name of the school.