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School names to change

The Petersburg School Board voted Feb. 7 to change the names of three schools named after Confederate generals:

  • A.P. Hill Elementary School will become Cool Spring Elementary School.
  • Robert E. Lee Elementary School will become Lakemont Elementary School.
  • J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School will become Pleasants Lane Elementary School.

The names will officially change July 1. Here are the details presented at the School Board meeting.

Each school’s students, staff and community will have opportunities to participate in the transition. This is a new day in Petersburg City Public Schools. We are looking to the future, not the past, to achieve our mission of developing 21st-century citizens able to effectively collaborate, communicate and innovate.