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Lee Elementary Announces Semi-Finalists for New Namesake

September 18, 2020

Lee Elementary School

Lee Elementary School

Lee Elementary School recently accepted nominations totaling 30 different namesake recommendations. The Lee Renaming Committee (consisting of teachers, students, parents, community members, school board members, and district personnel) met and narrowed down the list to six semi-finalists based on the nominating criteria. The new namesake should:

  • Have ties to the local community.
  • Have made positive strides in education in the community.
  • Be relevant to students.

The six semi-finalists are:

  • Medgar Evers
  • Alice Harden
  • Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (The late)
  • Jessie Mosley
  • Aaron and Ollye Shirley
  • Margaret Walker Alexander

JPS and Lee Elementary invite you to participate in this non-binding poll to cast your vote for your favorite namesake among the six semi-finalists. The poll will remain live through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 28.

The Lee Renaming Committee will meet again on September 30 to narrow the list down to three finalists. Students will then spend the first three weeks in October engaged in meaningful lessons and activities based on the three finalists and participate in a school-based election the week of November 2.

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