The Amarillo Independent School District voted unanimously last night to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary to Park Hills Elementary. In the words of AISD Board President, Robin Malone:
We understand that it’s part of our history, but I strongly agree that it does not need to be a part of our future. The name of this school is righting a wrong. It’s about facing implicit biases. We are voting on a name change, but it’s so much deeper than that.”
Please join us in attending the AC Board of Regents annual Budget Workshop. This is your chance to show support for an organization that helps bring education and opportunity to so many people. It’s also a chance to learn about and influence AC’s priorities for the coming year.
Tuesday, August 6, 5P-9P 2nd Floor of the Amarillo College Student Union Palo Duro Board Room
“[Malone] made AISD Board of Trustee history as Malone is the first black woman to serve as president” – Amarillo Globe News
And in their first meeting as the incoming board, new members Kimberly Anderson, Alonzo Everhart and Dick Ford joined returning members Robin Malone, Renee McCown and John Blanchard, voting unanimously to rename Lee Elementary according to the newly adopted school naming policy. This policy requires schools to be named for an adjacent street, the housing development, or an important historical figure specifically relevant to Amarillo.
Congratulations to Ms Malone on her new responsibilities and to the AISD Board for choosing setting a positive example for our children and our community in their very first meeting.