Second public hearing tonight on renaming Confederate schools in Hampton

Members of the public at a hearing Oct. 26, 2017 in Hampton regarding the topic of possibly changing two schools named for Confederate figures. Some held up signs and argued that the names are against school policy. (Credit: WAVY/Liz Kilmer).

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton city leaders will host a second public meeting Wednesday night about possibly renaming two schools named for Confederate figures.

The local chapter of the NAACP and the SCLC requested the school board change the names of Jefferson Davis Middle School and the Campus at Lee.

As 10 On Your Side has reported, some say the names do not reflect the current values of our society. They have suggested the schools be renamed for local heroes or educators.

During the last meeting back in October, hundreds of people showed up on both sides of this issue and spoke.

The same public hearing process took place last year, too, but ultimately the school board opted to keep the names as is. School officials said that changing both of the names would likely cost between $20,000 to $30,000.

Wednesday’s public hearing is at Hampton High School from 6:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m.