More information about the name change processs
What is the process for collecting names?
Suggested names can only be submitted at the September 9 community meeting. Anyone who wants to suggest a name should write it on an index card provided at the meeting. Individuals unable to attend the meeting may ask someone in attendance to submit their suggested name(s).
There is no limit to the number of names any individual may submit. No names will be deleted from the list unless they are lewd, vulgar, or include profanity as per language found in the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.
Throughout the meeting, FCPS staff will ensure adherence to the Regulation 8170.7 and a transparent, respectful process. There are no formal criteria for suggesting names, beyond the broad guidelines offered by the regulation. No decisions on a name will be made at the September 9 meeting.
Why can’t the name J.E.B. Stuart High School be suggested?
The only criteria we have for the name of the high school is the School Board’s approved motion, that we must change the name. Therefore, “J.E.B. Stuart High School” cannot be a choice for consideration. However, the School Board also said, “in the spirit of compromise and in recognition of the need to minimize costs as well as the desire for continuity by alumni--staff request that the Stuart community consider ‘Stuart High School’ as the new name.”
Will Stuart High School automatically be entered as one of the options on which we vote?
It has to be submitted as a name suggestion by someone during the name solicitation September 9.
Are there any other criteria for a suggested name?
No, the only criteria provided by the School Board is that the name of the school be changed. Any names that are lewd, vulgar, or include profanity as per language found in the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook will not be permitted.
Do people need to speak and present information about the name they have submitted?
No, anyone can suggest a name and submit it on an index card. The names will be displayed on a large screen in the auditorium. Names which are not presented/advocated for orally will NOT be deleted. A lack of oral advocacy for a name does not in any way jeopardize its place on the list or its consideration for vote by the community. No individual may dictate what the criteria should be. FCPS staff will ensure that individuals do not attempt to set the criteria.
Are signs or fliers allowed at the community meeting?
Participation and advocacy at the community meeting will be the same as is expected at School Board meetings. No signs larger than 8 ½ x 11 and they must be made of paper. Handout materials can be placed on designated tables. All meeting attendees are expected to conduct themselves with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public’s business. Please be respectful of the speakers and the staff and refrain from calling out from your seat in the audience and please stay seated during the meeting.
Is there a time limit for the meeting?
No, anyone who wishes to speak on behalf of a suggested name will be provided 3 minutes to speak. They will have one opportunity to speak. The meeting will not end until everyone has had a chance to speak.
We are concerned that those who speak the loudest will be heard; the atmosphere at prior meetings has been contentious and that is a major deterrent to broad participation. How will this meeting be different?
Throughout the meeting, FCPS staff will ensure adherence to the regulation and a transparent, respectful process.
What will happen if similar names are suggested?
As we gather the names at the very beginning of the meeting, we will group similar names together. For example, if we get “Robert Smith HS, Smith HS, Robert T. Smith HS” as choices, we would group them together. FCPS staff will be responsible for grouping any similar names together. However, we are only going to be grouping similar names together. We will not be reworking any suggested names.
Will the list of names change for any reason after the oral advocacy and discussion?
When will the list of names be considered final?
When the community meeting has finished, any names submitted will be listed on the ballot for a vote on September 16.
When will the mascot and colors be decided?
Our intent is to address that issue after the School Board has voted on a new name choice in October. Usually, students typically decide upon mascot/colors.
When is the vote on the new name?
The voting is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at J.E.B. Stuart High School in the cafeteria.
Who can vote on the new name?
As stated in FCPS Regulation 8170.7, voting for a school name will be limited to those participants residing in the school’s attendance area. Each household will be allowed one vote for their first choice, one vote for their second choice, and one vote for their third choice of names.
Voters should bring a document with their name and address to confirm they reside in the Stuart pyramid such as those required to register a student for school:
- Deed of the parent's house
- Lease in the parent's name signed by the rental management office
- A resident manager's letter with company letterhead stating residence of parent
- FCPS Student Registration Leaseholder or Homeowner Affidavit
- FCPS Student Registration Residency Affidavit
- Deed or lease of homeowner or leaseholder
- Employment (current employer verification on company letterhead or current payroll stub)
- Car document or ID (Virginia driver’s license, car registration, car insurance policy or bill or Commonwealth of Virginia identification card)
- Utility bill (cell phone, Internet, gas, water, electricity, cable, or telephone)
- Tax document (current income tax form 1099, withholding form W-2)
- Official correspondence (bank statements, Department of Family Services, medical bills, Housing Choice Voucher, U.S. government issued document or other county or agency correspondence)
- FCPS student school ID
Is there a minimum age to vote?
No, the FCPS Regulations do not indicate a minimum voting age.
Can I vote by proxy?
There is no proxy voting. One vote per household in the attendance area is allowed per the regulation. If you are unavailable to vote in person, you may want to considering having someone else from the same household cast the vote.
What if my student attends J.E.B. Stuart High School but we do not live in the pyramid?
FCPS Regulation 8170.7 states that voting for a school name will be limited to those participants residing in the school’s attendance area.
Are signs or handouts allowed on voting day?
Participation and advocacy on the voting day will be the same as is expected at School Board meetings. Large signs cannot be displayed on school property to ensure the safety of others. Handout materials can be placed on designated tables. All attendees are expected to conduct themselves with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public’s business.
How will the name by determined by the vote? When will the new name be announced?
A weighted point system will be used to determine the top three choices. First choice will be awarded three points, second choice two points, and third choice one point.
Superintendent Brabrand will use the results of the voting to make a recommendation consisting of one or more of the most popular choices to the School Board for consideration and action. The School Board will vote on the name at an October board meeting.
Once the new name is approved, how will the cost of changing the name on school building, signs, uniforms, and other places be paid for?
We are currently focused on the vote to change the name of the school. Once we finish this process, we will turn to focus on the funding for the name change.
Will FCPS consider changing other school names?
FCPS Regulation 8170.7 outlines a process for the School Board to consider changing a name of a current school. Currently school division staff are focused on renaming J.E.B. Stuart High School.
All schools are committed to fostering a caring environment where everyone is treated with respect and all students are treated equitably.
Where can I find more information about the process to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School?