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Neighbors Object To Proposed Name Change at Columbus Elementary

Tulsa Public Schools

The proposed new name for the Columbus Elementary School is on hold. The Tulsa School Board heard a report from a special committee last night. The committee wants to rename the school the ‘Delores Huerta Elementary School’.

School Board member Shawna Miller gave the presentation. Huerta was a labor leader involved in the plight of migrant farmers.

The area’s neighborhood association objected. Ed Garcia says it would be much simpler to rename the school ‘Valley Glen’ for the neighborhood as well as the community swimming pool.

The board will take up the name proposal at its next meeting. Several Tulsa schools are facing name charges because of the namesake’s ties to slavery or the mistreatment of indigenous people.