|JEB Stuart High School, with a plaque showing the year it was built, 1959.|
Fairfax County School Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand invites the Stuart community to a meeting Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m., at JEB Stuart High School to consider a new name for the school.
The school board voted July 27 to change the school’s name no later than the start of the 2019 school year. The resolution passed by the school board calls for the community to consider “Stuart High School” as the new name – as a compromise to minimize costs and retain continuity – but that’s not the only possibility.
“I’ve met with both sides on this issue and it has yielded strong feelings and strong passions,” Brabrand wrote in an email to the community. “Now that the board has spoken, we will continue to follow the process as outlined by the school board regulation for name changes. We will execute the renaming process in a fair, transparent, and expedient manner.”
The Sept. 9 meeting will be open to the public. Alternative names will be put forth for consideration and there will be an opportunity for presentations, questions, and discussion.
As outlined in the regulation, Brabrand says, voting for the school name will be limited to those participants residing in the school’s attendance area. A weighted point system will be used to determine the top three choices. Voting will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the school, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
After review of the community’s recommendations, Brabrand will submit a recommendation to the school board “consisting of one or more of the most popular choices according to community input.”