School Superintendent Diana Greene probably would be wise to counsel the School Board to delay acting on the proposal to change school names, if she hasn’t already done so.
The administration already has a problem getting the half-cent sales tax it wants voters to approve in November.
While it can make a good case that it has bungled the job of keeping schools up to date and needs a bailout, the timing hasn’t worked out as planned.
Because of the Red Chinese virus, the economy is in the tank. Many voters have lost their jobs and businesses. How eager will they be to vote for higher taxes?
On top of that, the cancel culture has come to Jacksonville, seeking to rewrite history.
Emboldened by success in getting one school’s name changed several years ago, mass renaming now is being demanded. Historical figures who had white skin are the target.
One of those is Lee High School, named after the leader of the Confederate Army in the Civil War.
That is causing a massive backlash, because many of Jacksonville’s leading citizens are alumni of the school on McDuff Avenue and are proud of the nearly century old institution.
Among its alumni are actor Hoyt Axton, coach Corky Rogers, Mayor Hans Tanzler, football player Harmon Wages, golfer Mark McCumber and congressman Ander Crenshaw.
Andrew Jackson High School is expected to be a target as well. Even the city itself may become a target as the angry, violent mob rolls up victories against history and common sense.
Asking broke, angry voters for a tax increase is even more problematic.
Thus, it would make sense for Greene to ask the board to postpone renaming.
That will not make the problem go away, however.
School Board members can expect a large number of people to attend hearings on the question when they take it up, and most will be arguing against name changes. Eye on Jacksonville was told that some may be reluctant to speak out for fear of violence from the militant left.
But some may take a different tack.
Why not rename all the schools? That would include Stanton, Raines, Johnson, and schools named for politicians, such as Sallye Mathis.
Either give all schools geographic names, such as Lake Shore, Mandarin Southhside or Mayport, or simply use the numbers they already have.
Revising history can be tricky business.