No changes planned for two confederate names in Edinburg

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EDINBURG – The removal of the Jefferson monument in Brownsville begs the question about other confederate names in the Rio Grande Valley.

In Edinburg there are two. Robert E. Lee Elementary and Lee Circle which makes a U shape directly in front of the campus.

KVEO/CBS4 spoke with school district officials to see if there have been any discussions to change the name of the school, they sent of us this response.

“We realize the sensitivity of the name Robert E. Lee. We will listen to the community’s concerns and take this matter under advisement.”  Romeo Cantu, Public Information Officer, Edinburg CISD.

Neighbors in the area agreed that nothing needs to be changed.

“I’ve always loved Robert E. Lee Elementary school. I love history for one, and I believe it shouldn’t be changed.”  says resident Alda Rendon

City officials were asked about changing the street name. They said there are currently no plans to rename any city streets. City officials also said at a recent council meeting a new ordinance was approved, which created a procedure for all future street and building names in the city.

“If the public says it needs to be changed then I’ll go with the public.  In my opinion sir, I think that it should stay the same. I do not think it should be changed, but I’m not going to argue against the whole city, if they whole city wants to change it, let’s do it.”  said resident Arturo Garza.

City officials were asked about the financial cost and the time it would take to rename the street, but officials said because the ordinance was past Wednesday night, that information would not be made available.

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