Public meeting date announced to discuss Robert E. Lee High School name change

(Source: TISD)
(Source: TISD)
Updated: May. 15, 2018 at 10:04 PM CDT
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(KLTV) - TISD is currently reviewing how much it would cost to change the names of both Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High Schools.

If done all at once, and before October, replacing all branded materials would cost close to $800,000, officials have found. But, if the decision is made too late into construction, the cost could be more than $1,000,000.

This was discussed during a school board meeting on Monday.

Meanwhile, the president of the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees released a statement Tuesday night regarding a meeting about possible high school name changes in the district.

"Earlier this month, two trustees co-submitted a request for an agenda item related to changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School for our regular May meeting," Board President Fritz Hager, Jr. said in the statement.  "Per our board policy, I exercised my authority to delay the item until after school ended and graduation was complete. Accordingly, the item is currently scheduled for our June 7 meeting."

Hager said the meeting will include public comment, and will be held during evening hours.

"As president, I have no other authority over this item and it 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," Hager said.

Hager stated his personal hopes for the meeting.

"My hope is that all the trustees will use this time to listen to all the voices in our community, consider the information presented and opinions expressed yesterday in our public meeting, and determine for themselves what they believe is in the best interest of the current and future students of Tyler ISD."

"As I have expressed ever since this issue entered our public discourse," Hager said, "my prayer is that Tyler can set the example for how to have a thoughtful, respectful discussion on sensitive issues related to the history of race relations and public education in Tyler that would serve to unite our community. That remains my prayer today."

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