JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This weekend, the community served byNathan B. Forrest High School will be able to weigh in on a survey whether the school's name should be changed.
The school is named afterConfederate General NathanB. Forrest. His ties to the Ku Klux Klan are being used to propel community discussion and school board action on the issue.
"I don't know, I mean I have mixed emotions about the name," said Satrry Thacker, who lives right across the street from the school. She intends to participate in the survey.
"I think it is more about the education of the kids," said Thacker, who said for her, it boils down to the cost of changing the school's name.
The district puts that price tag at $500,000.
Daniel Jackson, who alsolives in the area, has his opinion.
"There is no reason to change it now, its been a good school," said Jackson.
On Saturday at Forrest High, the doors will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for people in the community to complete a survey once they show they live in the area served by Forrest High.
Alumni who live out of town can complete the survey by mail.
The district wantsto tabulate the results and hold another community meeting before making a decision. The school board could vote on the matter this month or in January.