Port Arthur school board nixes discussion plan this week to rename 3 public schools

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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Less than 24 hours after posting an agenda that included discussion on renaming three Port Arthur public schools, that item is no longer being considered this week.

On Tuesday morning, Port Arthur Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie confirmed to Port Arthur Newsmedia that the agenda item was removed.

School board members decided they wanted to keep the focus on the reopening of schools and addressing the needs of students, Porterie said.

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On Monday the agenda included discussion about renaming Woodrow Wilson Early College High School, Abraham Lincoln Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

The agenda item had only been set for discussion, with no action or vote scheduled.

Now, the discussion will be delayed.

The school board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.