School Board Votes to Rename Mosby Woods Elementary School as Mosaic Elementary School
The Fairfax County School Board has chosen Mosaic Elementary School as the new name for Mosby Woods Elementary School, a reflection of the school’s multicultural community that will represent inclusivity for students, families, and staff members. The new name will become effective at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
“The School Board is committed to renaming schools that are symbols of oppression and hate,” said School Board Chair Ricardy Anderson.
School Board Members Karl Frisch (Providence District) and Karen Keys-Gamarra (At-Large) brought the renaming request to a School Board forum in June 2020.
In offering the motion to rename last night, Frisch said, “Mosaics are not perfect. But the irregular pieces of stone, glass, and ceramic that create mosaics, result in something special. That is my hope for the Mosby Woods community – that this change results in something special. Not only for them, but for future generations of students who walk the halls of Mosaic Elementary School.” Rachna Sizemore-Heizer (At-Large) seconded last night’s motion.
Feedback was provided during several community meetings and public hearings. The comments included, “mosaic conjure images of colorful creations made meaningful through the compilation of many different shapes and colors” and “ mosaic is a wonderful symbol and representation of our community.”
“As a school division, it is important that our schools honor and value the diversity of our students and families,” said Scott S.Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools. “It is time to remove Confederate symbols and names from schools so that students can feel welcomed, accepted, and inspired.”
A proposal to change the name of the school, which was named after the neighborhood in which it is located, was presented to the Board in June 2020. A real estate developer named the Mosby Woods neighborhood after Confederate John Singleton Mosby in the early 1960s during the period of Massive Resistance to school integration in Virginia. The Board held three community meetings and a public hearing to gather community feedback on the name change and to collect suggestions for a new name.
For more information, contact the Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.