Albemarle initially tried to purchase CATEC to do major renovations and updates, but Charlottesville said no, citing concerns for its students’ continued access.
Teachers and other City School workers will soon negotiate contracts.
The schools were named for people who were leaders during the Jim Crow era of legal racial segregation.
The proposal was one of six legislative priorities, most of which aimed at addressing the school system’s ongoing staffing issues that have sourced back to before the pandemic.
“If we want to keep the best teachers we have in Albemarle County, we have to recognize that this is something we have to deal with,” said School Board member Graham Paige.
The School Board could vote on renaming the schools as soon as March.
“I think the fact that it was sticky and complicated and difficult makes it even sweeter. We had to work really hard for it and it feels really good,” said Jessica Taylor, president of the Charlottesville Education Association.
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.