Tyler ISD board member makes motion to bring school name change to vote, board refuses to second

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A decision on whether to change the name of one or both of Tyler's high schools was the first action item on the agenda for the TISD Board of Trustees scheduled for tonight at 6.  

During the meeting, each board member shared their opinion about whether there should be a vote on whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee or John Tyler high schools. Only Aaron Martinez and Rev. Fritz Hager spoke in favor of bringing a possible name change to a vote.

Then, when the board finished speaking and board member Aaron D. Martinez made a motion to bring to a vote whether or not to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School, board members Rev. Orenthia Mason, Jean Washington, Dr. Patricia Nation, Wade Washmon, and Andy Bergfeld remained silent.

Only Rev. Hager spoke, saying though he was allowed to second the motion, he chose not to because he wanted to make sure he remained neutral on the decision as the president of the board. None of the board members commented.

Without a second to Martinez' motion, the meeting was adjourned, and there will be no vote on whether or not to change the name of the schools.

"Decision to change the name of one or both high schools, and if changed, begin a process to choose a new name," states Item A on the agenda for the meeting.

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In recent months, parents and Tyler residents have been urging TISD's leadership to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School.

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.

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