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19 October 2017, 01:01 | Hattie Nash
Parents, students and community members voted to change their school's name, which was named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, in recent weeks, and Janelle Jefferson, the school's PTA president, informed the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees of the name-change at their meeting October 17.
Davis Magnet IB in Jackson, Miss. will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet IB starting with the 2018-2019 school year.
The school PTA took suggestions for a new name from parents, students and employees, Jefferson said. Well, the students at Jefferson Davis Magnet School in MS know what that's like.
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The final vote was cast by paper ballot on October 5.
Jefferson said the PTA solicited requests for names during a September 21 meeting.
Despite initial doubts, Turner stated on October 17 that the school would be able to change its name beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
Instead of being referred to as Davis Magnet IB, the campus will now be known as Barack Obama Magnet IB, or International Baccalaureate.
The student body of the school named after the confederate president during the Civil War is 98 percent black. "Having a school where there was input from parents, teachers and students - along with the school board - it seems like a model for how these decisions should be approached across the country".
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