Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced Sept. 22 that his recommendation for a new name for JEB Stuart High School will be the top five names selected during the community vote on Sept. 16.
FCPS estimates the total cost of a totally new name change would be $800,620. The cost of changing to Stuart would be $512,572.
The biggest cost difference would be for athletics, with the cost for keeping Stuart estimated at $143,770 and changing to a new name $341,818. The cost for performing arts would be $60,000 vs. $150,000.
Either way, these costs would be the same: $192,387 in capital costs, $85,000 for equipment, and $31,415 for “other.”
Brabrand is proposing FCPS set up a website to accept donations to offset the cost of the name change.
Seventy-three names were on the ballot during the community vote, and 932 households voted. People who live within the Stuart attendance area were allowed to vote for their first, second, and third choice, with those choices given three, two, and one points.
Here the total points for the top five names: Stuart - 917, Marshall - 763, Johns - 737, Peace Valley - 494, and Mendez - 328. The 73 names on the ballot were suggested by the public during a community meeting on Sept. 9.
The name change would be completed by the 2019-20 school year.
Those names are Stuart, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Rose Johns, Peace Valley, and Louis G. Mendez Jr.. Similar names were combined.
Brabrand will present his recommendation to the school board during its regular business meeting on Sept. 28. The school board will have a work session on Oct. 16 and will take action on Oct. 26.