Elementary Schools

Survey open for community input on Rawls Byrd name change

Survey open for community input on Rawls Byrd name change

Next fall, some Williamsburg-James-City County elementary school students may attend Glasshouse, Helen Keller, Williamsburg or Pocahontas Elementary School.

The school division isn't building a new school in the next 10 months, just renaming an old one — Rawls Byrd Elementary School — and students, teachers and residents will have a say on the new name.

Students are voting on their favorite names through Nov. 2, and an online survey is open to the community until Nov. 13 on the school division's website.

The school, on Laurel Lane in Williamsburg, was named after Rawls Byrd, division superintendent from 1928 to 1964, was a controversial figure. Although...

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