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Virginia school named for South general to be reappointed

ROANOKE, Va. – School officials in Virginia are renaming a school named for a Confederate general.

Media report that after an hour of debate Monday in the Roanoke School Board voted 6-1 to the name Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

The school will be renamed the John P. Fishwick High School. Fishwick was the son of settlers in Roanoke and served as the Norfolk & Western Railway president from 1970 to 1981.

Superintendent Rita Bishop says the name of the school the cost of at least $170,000. The school has a basketball court, athletic and band uniforms, and signs to be replaced.

Board member Bill Hopkins cast the lone vote against the change, stating the general opinion of the south-east Roanoke community, and cost.

A special commission released a report calling for the change of the school in the end of June.

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