Next month, the Mathews County School Board is scheduled to take up the issue of giving the former Lee-Jackson Elementary School a new name.
Last August, the board voted to remove that name, no longer honoring the two Confederate generals. While some derided the school board for its decision, believing it to be a manifestation of “cancel culture,” the names have no overriding local connection. Yes, it’s true that Confederate soldiers from Mathews served under both men. But Mathews soldiers have also served under Pershing, Eisenhower, Patton and countless other military leaders in the United States Army.
Regardless of individual opinions, that decision has already been made. Now, the issue facing the county is what to rename the school.
A decision on the name was supposed to have been made in December. That was delayed during the budget process, when consolidation of the county’s elementary and middle school was considered as a cost-saving measure. With that move off the table...
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