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Should some Fayette county schools be renamed? The district's equity council says two warrant 'immediate' consideration

Josh James

The Fayette County Equity Council wants to see a pair of local school names changed and half-a-dozen more reviewed.

At Monday’s school board meeting, the equity council said two Fayette county schools should be recommended for immediate name change.

"Number one, Dixie Elementary, number two, Lexington Traditional Magnet School," Soraya Matthews, the district’s chief officer of Unity, Belonging, and Student Efficacy listed them off. "The ECC suggests utilizing a process called photo voice to engage stakeholders in the name change process and gather meaningful feedback."

A further six schools – Henry Clay High School, Martin Luther King Academy, and Yates, Stonewall, Squires, and Breckinridge elementary schools – were tagged as being in need of review.

The equity council asked the school board to create a committee to conduct in-depth historical research and hold stakeholder meetings for each school.

No action was taken by the board at Monday’s meeting.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.