Fairfax County School Board Votes to Proceed with Name Change for Mosby Woods ES

October 09, 2020

The Fairfax County School Board voted to proceed with a name change for Mosby Woods Elementary School at its business meeting on October 8. The Board has directed Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand to gather feedback and make recommendations for a new name at its October 22 business meeting.

After receiving recommended names, the Board will begin a one-month public comment period, including a community meeting on Monday, November 30, and a public hearing on Tuesday, December 2. 

The School Board is scheduled to take action on a new name for the school at its December 3 business meeting.

The renaming process was introduced by School Board members Karl Frisch (Providence District) and Karen Keys-Gamarra (at-large).

"The proposed name-change for Mosby Woods Elementary School has received broad support from the community during the public engagement process over the past month," said Frisch. "In the FCPS strategic plan, we commit to fostering a responsive, caring, and inclusive culture. We cannot live up to that standard when students attend schools named in honor of the racist vestiges of our past. Simply put—a school system that honors the Confederacy cannot honor Black lives."

“Continuing to honor the legacy of a Confederate army commander is a great disservice that can no longer be tolerated," said Keys-Gamarra. “Mosby Woods' student population represents 40 countries that speak 28 different languages. I look forward to establishing a school name that respects and reflects that rich diversity, and gives our students a sense of pride."

On September 4, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) initiated a community engagement process to gather feedback on the proposal to rename the school. A one-month comment period ran from September 4 to October 3 on whether to change the name of the school. A virtual community meeting was held on October 1; the district also invited community members to submit their suggestions online and via email.  Feedback has been posted online.  

Information about the renaming process is also available online