WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County branch of the NAACP has joined community members and the family of Pearl Stephens in asking that an alternative school not be named after the educator.
Larry Holmes, president of the Houston County NAACP, addressed school officials Monday.
Reading from a letter written on behalf of the Pearl Stephens community and the black students who attended the school during the 1960s, he asked Houston school board members “to reconsider their decision to make Pearl Stephens an alternative school.”
Board members have not begun to discuss the naming of the new school, currently referred to as New Elementary #10, said district spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin.
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Pearl Stephens Elementary School is part of an education sales tax plan to replace two elementary schools in the district, which involves a series of construction efforts and student moves that will result in a two-location elementary school setup.
A new school will be built on the property that currently holds the C.B. Watson building and serves as the district’s alternative school. Along with a renovated Linwood Elementary, the new building will house the populations currently assigned to Linwood and Pearl Stephens Elementary schools.
The building that is currently Pearl Stephens Elementary is set to become the district’s alternative school.
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