Trustees to vote on new name of Lee Elementary

Lee Elementary in Central Austin could be renamed under Austin ISD’s revised policy. Lee Elementary in Central Austin could be renamed under Austin ISD’s revised policy.[/caption]

Correction: This story was updated March 24 at 4:54 p.m. to reflect that William B. Travis was not a Confederate figure.

The Austin ISD board of trustees is scheduled to vote on changing the name of Lee Elementary School during its regularly scheduled meeting March 28, board President Kendall Pace said Feb. 29.

The Lee Elementary Campus Advisory Council voted unanimously Jan. 21 to recommend changing the name of Lee Elementary to the board.

For months, AISD constituents have urged the board to remove the name of Confederate States of America Gen. Robert E. Lee from the elementary school. At the school board’s Feb. 29 meeting, 24 people spoke about the issue, including Lee Elementary parent Kelly Willis.

“The truth is, Robert E. Lee stood for slavery,” she said.

Lee parent Dan Roberts said the unanimous vote by the advisory council did not represent the views of the entire community.

“AISD should not spend a penny on the name change while teachers and campuses are underfunded,” Roberts said.

On Nov. 23 the board approved a change to district policy that paved the way for Lee Elementary to be renamed. Other than Lee Elementary in Central Austin, there are four other AISD schools named after Confederate figures.

The board has not acknowledged at length possible renaming for the other four schools.


Photo of ACL Fest
Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin city staff and officials are pursuing additional protections related to mold issues in rental housing. (Courtesy city of Austin)
City pursuing improvements to handling of Austin renters' mold complaints

New recommendations from a report launched in the wake of Winter Storm Uri detail adjustments Austin could make to its mold response.

Students at O. Henry Middle School in Austin head in for their first day of school Aug. 17. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD's COVID-19 rate lower than nearby districts after first month of school

Austin ISD recorded more cases in the first month of this school year than in all of the 2020-2021 school year. Still, Austin ISD saw a lower percentage of cases in students than surrounding school districts.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Screen shot of Dr. Desmar Walkes speaking
Austin ICUs remain crowded with COVID-19 patients, delaying some critical care

Within the past week, there was a waiting list of patients to be transferred into Austin-area ICUs, Austin Public Health leaders said.

A drone image shows the Dripping Springs Distilling property where a new event hall opened in August. (Courtesy HLK Fotos)
A bar, a food truck and two other new businesses open in Dripping Springs

A new food truck and distillery event hall, plus two other new businesses are now open in Dripping Springs.

The city of Austin this summer cleared four unregulated homeless encampments and shifted dozens of residents into shelters. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house thousands of Austin's homeless people taking shape, but outlook for local success, project funding still unclear

The strategy's first housing benchmark fell short in June, and updates on how the estimated $515 million needed for housing and services will be spent are overdue.

A rendering shows the new Deep Eddy Psychotherapy office coming to Southwest Austin. (Courtesy of Deep Eddy Psychotherapy)
Bubble tea, therapy and three other new businesses coming to Southwest Austin

A new salon, day care, therapy office and other businesses are coming soon to Southwest Austin.

The city is looking for feedback on its cap and stitch proposal, which is in the preliminary stages. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
City seeks input on proposals to add decks and widened bridges over I-35 in Central Austin

The proposal is in the preliminary stages, and the city is still reviewing the feasibility of locations and project funding.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

Locker Room Haircuts opened a new location at 8900 South Congress Ave. in July. (Courtesy Locker Room Haircuts)
New Locker Room Haircuts comes to Southwest Austin, plus other business news

Locker Room Haircuts and three other new businesses are now open in Southwest Austin.