JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Davis IB Elementary School will be renamed next school year.
According to Jackson Public Schools Executive Director of Public and Media Relations, the school will be renamed in honor of the 44th president, Barack Obama.
The school is currently named after the late Jefferson Davis. Davis was the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Monuments and other emblems that reference the Confederacy have been in the spotlight around the country. Several cities have held protests to have some of the historical monuments removed.
Johnson said the name of the school would change in the 2018-2019 school year.
The school’s PTA president, Janelle Jefferson, announced at the Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday that school stakeholders voted on October 5 to rename the school.
“The school community wanted to rename the campus to reflect a person who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves, said Jefferson.
“I wholeheartedly agree with the name,” said Board President Camille Simms.