Public hearings scheduled for renaming schools in Portsmouth

Posted at 5:16 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 05:18:44-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The School Board of the City of Portsmouth is holding two public hearings to discuss the proposed renaming of Woodrow Wilson High School, James Hurst Elementary and John Tyler Elementary.

The public hearings are being held Monday, September 28 and Monday, October 5.

Both meetings will take place at 6 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School, 1401 Elmhurst Lane, in the school’s Little Theatre.

Those interested in speaking must register prior to the start of the meeting by emailing the Clerk of the Board at

Face masks and social distancing will be required of all speakers. Once speakers have delivered their remarks, they will be asked to exit the theater to allow for social distancing standards to be upheld. The meeting will be livestreamed on the division’s Facebook page, and it will also be recorded and posted later on the division’s YouTube channel.

For those who can't attend the meetings but would like to submit new school name suggestions for consideration can do so.

All suggestions must be submitted in writing and include the following: 1) Suggested name; 2) Name, address, and phone number of person(s) submitting suggestion; and 3) Rationale for suggested name, and should be submitted to School Board Member Costella B. Williams, Chair of the Committee, via the Clerk of the School Board, P. O. Box 998, Portsmouth, Virginia, 23705.