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Some protestors question the cost to change high school's name

Forrest High School is named after Confederate Army general and KKK grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. (Erica Bennett)
Forrest High School is named after Confederate Army general and KKK grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. (Erica Bennett)
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Updated: 12/06/2013 7:17 pm
: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- School officials say it will cost a half-million dollars to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School.

The fight to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School is gaining steam.

Former student Ishna Hagan said, "I think that it should be changed. To my knowledge, I know that it's named after the KKK grand wizard."

Hagan supports the change. But not necessarily the costs that come with it.

Duval County public schools said it would run about a half-million dollars.

"My first thoughts are why would it cost $500,000? if I'm a taxpayer, paying to make that change, I would like to know specifics as to why it's going to cost," said Hagan.

I asked the school district what's included in the price tag.

Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti couldn't interview on camera but released this statement:

"This would include the marquee, building name plate, gym floor, and etc.The costs would be paid through the districts operating budget but community donations could be accepted as well.
Right now we are focused on the engagement process which will determine whether to change the schools name."

But graduates of Forrest like Sheila Akel said the name has been the same for years, no need to change it now.

Akel said, "I see why it should be changed, but to pay all that money just to change something that's been there for 40, years I just think we can put the money towards something better."

Community members are weighing in on the name change by participating in a survey. Students will get the opportunity to weigh in next week.
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tlynn - 12/7/2013 8:45 PM
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It would be nice if that kind of money could be spent on the students, and the teachers, and the "learning" that should be going on!!!!

1country - 12/7/2013 1:18 PM
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I vote for that !!!!! GIVE IT UP !!! and start looking at what the students are learning!! Or are not learning.

RFM2009 - 12/7/2013 8:50 AM
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N.B. Forrest H.S. will ALWAYS be known as such no matter how many name change are forced down the Alumni throats. When in heaven's name will reality set in and appeasement get lost? Political Correctness is for the weak minded and those who exploit the weak minded. Its time we ALL got real.
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