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Tyler ISD Votes On New Elementary School Name

  The Tyler Elementary school known as the Rice Owens Relief Campus has a new name. Tyler ISD board members voted to name the school Jack Elementary School in memory of 1970 Robert E. Lee graduate Bryan Jack. Jack was on American Flight 77, which slammed into the Pentagon the morning of September 11th. Ironically, his office was located in the Pentagon. For 23 years, Jack worked for the Department of Defense. In high school, he served as Student Council president and was a state champion debater.

  "I think when you think of name of a school you should think of greatness," said Alan Shumate, Jack's former Debate Coach. "You should think of the positive aspects of education and you should think of leadership and service and he represented every single aspect of leadership and service and a complete picture for education."

  "Dr. Jack's life epitomized all the things that we hope our students will become," said Dr. David Simmons, Tyler ISD Superintendent. "He was a scholar. He was well rounded. He was involved in many activities." Jack Elementary School is still under construction. TISD says students will move just as soon as it's complete.

  Who has to move from Rice and Owens Elementary School to the new school is still undecided. Board Members were suppose to vote on the attendance zoning for the new school tonight, but decided to table it. They say they need more time to update information regarding potential housing development within some of the proposed boundaries. A special board meeting has been set up for February 2 at 12:00 p.m. to make a final decision on the new attendance zones.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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