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School Board to discuss Rawls Byrd name change

School Board to discuss Rawls Byrd name change

WILLIAMSBURG — A grassroots effort to rename Rawls Byrd Elementary School has the attention of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board.

Lafayette Jones and Edith "Cookie" Heard grew up as black students with Rawls Byrd as their school superintendent. This spring, Jones, Heard and others began sharing stories about their experiences with Byrd and his views toward race and segregating schools.

The School Board took notice, and on Tuesday, board members are scheduled to discuss whether Rawls Byrd Elementary should be renamed, and if so, how.

"I think it is time to have that discussion," said board chairman Jim Kelly. "Probably past...

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