A decision on whether to change the name of one or both of Tyler’s high schools is the first action item on the agenda for the TISD Board of Trustees scheduled for Monday night at 6 p.m.
Item A on the agenda for the meeting states, “Decision to change the name of one or both high schools, and if changed, begin a process to choose a new name.”
In recent months, parents and Tyler residents have been urging TISD’s leadership to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School.
Immediately after the board votes on changing the name of one or both of the high schools, it will go into executive session to meet with the school district’s attorney, discuss the purchase or lease of property, address personnel issues, and discuss the deployment or implementation of security personnel or devices. They will then consider action on the items they discussed in executive session.
The Tyler ISD Board’s decision to address a possible name change for one or both of the high schools came on the heels of the board’s July meeting. At the meeting, the board allowed public comments from residents about the possible name change for more than an hour and a half.
People from both sides of the issue spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting.
After the public comment portion of the meeting, the Tyler ISD Board discussed how to proceed with the issue. They took a vote on whether they should even vote on the name change.