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Special Called Board Meeting To Consider Names for Lee Elementary School

November 08, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (November 8, 2018) – The Hillsborough County School Board will hold a special called school board meeting on Thursday, November 15, at 4 p.m., to consider names for Lee Elementary School, along with making some timely administrative appointments.

Back on June 13, 2017, at the School Board’s request, the district began the process to rename the school. Then, the devastating fire after Hurricane Irma destroyed the school on September 12, 2017. The district held a meeting with parents on May 23, 2018, to discuss the future of the building including design, where several school names were submitted by families. On October 16, 2018, the School Board voted to rebuild the school, after the district negotiated full payment for the building from the insurance companies.

Now as the construction manager and design professionals work to build the new school, this is the appropriate time to make any decisions that will affect the design, colors, and mascot representing the school. The community can submit additional names for consideration by email to from now until noon on Tuesday, November 13.

According to School Board policy, school sites and facilities shall be named for individuals who have rendered outstanding public service to public education, for geographical locations, and for groups and clubs as indicated: elementary, middle, and secondary schools – for U.S. Presidents, school board members, educators, outstanding citizens and geographical locations. An elected official proposed for a school name shall have left public office for a period not less than five years. No candidate for public office shall be considered. No school site or facility shall be named for a living person.

The school has had two names in its 112-year history. The school was built by volunteers in 1906 as the Michigan Avenue Grammar School and was renamed Robert E. Lee Elementary in 1943. It became the district’s first magnet school in 1993.

Some of the names already submitted by the families at the school during this process are, Lee Elementary (with no first name), Tampa Heights Elementary, Harper Lee Elementary, and Amelia Elementary.

All names submitted will be presented to the Hillsborough County School Board for their consideration at the November 15, 2018 special called school board meeting. The district is reaching out to civic groups, community associations, nearby schools and Lee Elementary families and staff for their input.


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