Elementary Schools

Rawls Byrd name choices narrowed to three

Rawls Byrd name choices narrowed to three

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board will decide next month whether Rawls Byrd Elementary School will be named after the Glasshouse at Jamestown, Sarah G. B. Jones or Laurel Lane.

In May the board voted to change the name after activists highlighted the former superintendent's poor track record with integration in the 1960s.

Rawls Byrd was a WJCC Superintendent who actively opposed integration, activists like Lafayette Jones say. Jones helped push the board to change the name last spring.

After months of research and discussion, consulting with students and the community, the renaming committee formed by the board presented its three recommended names at the...