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2020-07-20 Tyler ISD Announces Timeline for Renaming High Schools

During its regular monthly Board meeting Monday, July 20, the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees approved revisions to local policy CW for naming facilities and agreed to a timeline for selecting new names for John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools.

“I appreciate the Board’s policy work this evening and we will begin the process to select new names for the high schools as assigned to us by the Board,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “We look forward to presenting them with a short list of names for consideration for both high schools at the Board workshop on August 6.”

Beginning July 21 at 9 a.m., the community is invited to submit name recommendations for both high schools through an online form located at tylerisd.org. The submission period will close at 12 p.m. Monday, August 3. At that point, a focus group under the direction of Tyler ISD Executive Director of Communications Jennifer Hines, will narrow the list and present recommended suggestions to Dr. Marty Crawford. Per policy, Dr. Crawford will present no more than three name suggestions for each school to the Board of Trustees at the August 6 Board Workshop. The Board is responsible for choosing the final facility name for each school.

“I think it’s important to have names selected in an expeditious manner in which there's a good level of student, staff, and community input,” Tyler ISD Board of Trustees President Wade Washmon said. “The policy and process we have agreed upon appears to have all of those components. We all look forward to making a final decision on the names before we're back in school so that we can move forward from this issue with our eyes set on the future and turn our focus back to successful student outcomes.”

Local Policy CW gives the following guidelines for naming facilities moving forward:

  • May be named after patriotic beliefs, values, desired qualities or aspired outcomes for District students or the community;
  • May be named after any local, state, or national geographic area, landmark, or physical attribute;
  • A portion of a school facility may be named after a person who has served the District or community directly;
  • The Board must approve the naming of all facilities.

For more information, contact Tyler ISD Executive Director of Communications Jennifer Hines at 903.262.1064.