School board makes final decision to change name of middle school

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- School board officials have decided to change the name of Stonewall Jackson Middle School to John P. Fishwick Middle School.

The vote ended six to one.

Officials gathered at William Fleming High school Monday morning to finalize discussions and take action on the issue.

The journey to a name change started last year after violence erupted in Charlottesville. A special committee was formed to address the concerns about the Stonewall Jackson Middle School name.

Annette Lewis, Roanoke City School Board says, "Certainly looking at the requests that have been made, reivewing them, doing research, engaging others in the discussion and coming up with a suggestion that's best for Roanoke City Schools."

The school board approached the situation from various angles, forming a special committee to do as much research as possible.

The special committee voted five to one to recommend changing the name and presented a 24 page report.

Eli Jamison, Committee Chair Eli said, "We have spent a lot of personal and individual reflection time trying to do this as best as we can possibly can for our community because we know what's at stake."