Name change looming as J.E.B. Stuart High begins school year

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Students, teachers and staff are back at work with the controversial decision to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School both behind them and ahead.

Over the summer the Fairfax County Public Schools board passed a controversial measure that put in motion a name change to get away from the school's namesake, a Confederate Army general during the Civil War.

The issue was addressed on the first day of classes with some teachers and the principal bringing it to student's attention.

Students said an announcement was made informing them of a vote coming up in September to help determine suggestions for a new name.

Those living within the school's population boundaries will also be able to vote on suggestions.

The school district will host two events in the coming weeks regarding the name change. The first, on September 9, will allow people to make presentations on a new name. The next week, on September 16, the school will hold an election to help the superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand, determine the most popular choices.

It will be up to the Superintendent to provide a recommendation of one or several names to the school board before they ultimately vote on a new name.