TYLER, TX (KLTV) - UPDATE: Rev. Fritz Hager, Jr., president of the Tyler ISD school board trustees, sent the following statement on Thursday evening.
Talks of changing the name of schools in Tyler ISD appear to be temporarily off the table after the board opted Thursday afternoon to withdraw a discussion item on their June 7 agenda.
The meeting has now been changed to a workshop, according to Fritz Hager Jr., who is the board president.
More information is expected to be released Thursday evening.
Earlier in the day, a board trustee spoke out against the name change, saying she did not support it.
District 2 TISD Trustee Rev. Orenthia Mason says she does not support a name change of either high school and requested the agenda item referencing a name change be removed from the June 7th school board meeting.
Mason says TISD trustee Aaron Martinez also requested the removal of the agenda item.
Mason said in the conference that as long as she is on the school board, she will not support the change.
"The item can only be removed at the request of the trustees who originally submitted it, as long as the withdrawal request is submitted prior to the agenda being published 72 hours before the meeting," according to Tyler ISD Board of Trustees President, Rev. Fritz Hager Jr., in a public statement he made on Tuesday.
The conference follows the announcement that Tyler ISD trustees will hold a public meeting in June to discuss the timing and potential costs of changing the name of John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools.
Mason spent 27 years of her education career at Tyler ISD working as a teacher, elementary school consultant, Title I coordinator and principal. She was also a fourth-grade teacher for three years at Chandler Elementary School in Chandler, TX.
She is a former president of the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees.