Both schools are named after former City School leaders who directed the district during the time of segregation.
Students and community members, however, voted to remain named after half of the infamous Lewis and Clark duo.
“When we make essential items in our closets free and accessible, that’s one less thing that a student has to worry about,” said Bianca Johnson.
“I think the name Trailblazers is kind of dumb,” said School Board member Jennifer McKeever.
Venable and Clark elementary schools are among the first City Schools to have their names reconsidered.
Students voted to rename Venable as “Trailblazers” and Clark as “Friendship.”
“What we’re doing is not sustainable,” said Albemarle routing and planning manager Renee DeVall. “If we were fully staffed, we wouldn’t be doing routes like this.”
“It’s scary to think that a shooter was loose in my city for so long and I had no idea,” Paige Robinson said. “We’re the same community.”
City workers can now negotiate their salaries and insurance.
Venable was named after a Confederate officer, Clark was named after a man who supported taking land occupied by Indigenous communities.