The Falls Church School Board voted unanimously on December 8 to rename Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and George Mason High School.
The vote follows a six-month-long process, which included hours of public hearings, hundreds of submitted written public comments, and a survey of the community to inform the Board’s decision.
“The Board took seriously the viewpoints and concerns raised by many students, parents, staff, and community members,” said School Board Chair Greg Anderson. “We thank everyone who shared their perspectives with us and will be mindful of your comments as we now begin selecting names that reflect the diversity of opinions in our community. Our schools must be places where all students, staff, and community members feel safe, supported, and inspired.”
The renaming process will follow the guidelines outlined in the FCCPS Regulation FFA-R School Building Names Committee. The Superintendent will accept individuals’ nominations to sit on an Advisory Study Committee to the School Board for each school name. The committees will recommend five names to the School Board. The Board will announce the timeline for the work at an upcoming meeting.
Details on the process for the name change can be found online at: https://www.fccps.org/o/fccps/page/school-renaming