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.