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Mayor, superintendent support renaming of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary

Richmond's mayor and the top official with Richmond Public Schools support changing the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary. (Source: NBC12) Richmond's mayor and the top official with Richmond Public Schools support changing the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary. (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

On Monday night, the Richmond school board voted 8-1 in favor of opening up the public comment period of one month “with intent to rename” J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, the sole city school with a Confederate-linked name.

Several school board members have already said they agree with a name change. 

"It's important that our students have a school name that inspires them - not one that may drive fear or uncertainty," said Richmond School Board member Scott Barlow. "We need to be sending a message to our community, and to our students, in particular, that diversity and inclusiveness are values of ours."

Both Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras said they are also in favor of changing the name.

About 95 percent of JEB Stuart's students are African American.

The Richmond school board would ultimately have to vote on any changes.

We're keeping an eye out for any public forum opportunities for the public to weigh-in. 

This all comes after Petersburg voted to change three of its Confederate named schools - while the Hanover School board is expected to vote Tuesday on keeping or changing the names of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

The majority of Hanover's School Board members indicated that they plan on keeping the names as they are. A recent survey also found most people in the county want things to stay the same.

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