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School board expected to vote this month on name change

Less than a month after the proposal was introduced at a Mathews School Board meeting, the board is set to take action on whether to remove the name Lee-Jackson from the county’s elementary school.

School board members approved consideration of the name change as an action item for the Aug. 18 agenda during a special meeting held last Thursday in the Harry M. Ward Auditorium at Mathews High School.

The Tuesday, Aug. 18 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium.

In addition to adding this item to the August agenda, the school board also unanimously voted against having the question of the name change placed before county voters on the November ballot.

The crowd

On the same day that U.S. Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis was laid to rest in Georgia, a large crowd turned out at last Thursday’s meeting in favor of the name change, with some carrying signs encouraging people to “Get into Good Trouble”—a reference to a quote from the late ...

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