Robert E. Lee High School
School Board Regulation Outlines Process for Renaming
In October 2019, the Fairfax County School Board revised the policy and regulation for naming and renaming school facilities.
School Policy 8170.7 states that “the School Board may consider a change in the name of an existing school or facility to ensure an inclusive, respectful learning environment as outlined in our adopted One Fairfax Policy or when the Board deems it appropriate.”
At the School Board Forum on February 6, 2020, School Board Member Tamara Derenak Kaufax and School Board Member-at-Large Karen Keys-Gamarra requested the School Board consider beginning the process to rename Robert E. Lee High School. The School Board indicated support for moving forward on the process to rename the school.
The proposal to rename Robert E. Lee High School has been posted as New Business on the February 20 School Board meeting agenda.
Community Engagement Process
The process to rename a school facility is outlined in Regulation 8170 and includes the community engagement process.
Once the proposal is introduced as New Business, a month long period of public comment begins which will include a community meeting and a public hearing before the School Board. Dates for the community meeting and public hearing will be announced soon.
The community meeting format will include information on the history of the school name and the process to collect community input. Community members will be asked to write down their thoughts on whether the school should be renamed and suggestions for a new school name will also be accepted. Feedback from the community will be done in small groups. The feedback will be collected at the end of the meeting. It will be transcribed and posted online. It will be shared with the School Board and the Superintendent.