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No plans to change "Lee" signs on Council Oak Elementary

Posted at 5:38 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 18:38:18-04

TULSA -- Tulsa Public Schools said they have no immediate plans to remove the "Lee School" signs outside of the newly-renamed Council Oak Elementary. 

The school was one of a few in the district to move away from the name of a controversial historical figure. 

Council Oak's name change was decided on days before the new school year started.

Marquees, benches, the stadium arch and letters on the side of the building all still say "Lee School." 

TPS said they did not want to disrupt student's learning with construction to change the signage. 

Parents understand and said they viewed this year as a transition.

"I just assumed that this year it would take a while for everything to be changed and some of the items outside of the school are historic even if they say Lee," Meredith Rogers, a Council Oak parent, said. 

But they said they have seen things start changing inside the schools. 

"The portrait of Robert E Lee, which I think there were three of them, have been taken down," Phillip Bowman, another parent at Council Oak, said. "Paper has slowly changed. At first it didn't change, but slowly they are changing things."

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