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Lee Elementary could be renamed Council Oak Elementary

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 19:06:27-04

After months of debate, a new name and more debate, a Tulsa school moves one step closer to getting another name.

Lee Elementary could be renamed Council Oak Elementary.

The Council Oak tree plays a huge role in Tulsa's founding when the first settlers of what is now the Muscogee Creek Nation came to the area.

The name of the tree and its significance to Tulsa will now be honored and memorialized at 21st and Cincinnati, which is where Lee Elementary sits.

Lee is one of several Tulsa Public Schools where the district created committees to reevaluate the school names.

Tulsa Public Schools sent 2 Works for You a letter Wednesday that also went out to parents of Lee Elementary Tuesday about the decision to change the name.

The schools principal said in part, "After many hours of thoughtful dialogue, informed by community engagements and feedback, the AD Hoc Committee is pleased to announce the nomination of Council Oak Elementary School as our new name."

The AD Hoc Committee for Lee Elementary considered 10 other name changes including shortening Robert E. Lee School to just Lee School.

This is the only nomination from the committee.

It will be up to the school board to accept the Council Oak Elementary School name at the August 6 board meeting.


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