To the Editor:

I recently read that the Killeen Independent School District is considering naming the new elementary school near the airport after (Bobby) Hornsby or (Jimmie Don) Aycock.

I respect both of these choices but feel the name of the new school should be Julia L. Abercrombie Williams, an African- American female who devoted years of teaching in the Killeen school district.

I am asking the school board to reconsider their choice for this school to honor Mrs. Abercrombie’s legacy by naming the school after her.

Patsy Bracey


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Randy Johnson

Fowler or Hornsby are my votes..


I believe the writer has an excellent idea in considering the new campus school to be named after Julia L. Abercrombie Williams,

But I do feel it should be named after an American Black since there are none in the area thus far, which honors a person who is of the black race.
It would be fitting to have the school named after someone who had a special feeling for the field of teaching, and had donated so much of their time to that field.


The fact that Mrs. Williams is black should have zero impact on whether her name is considered as the name for the new school.
It's her accomplishments and impact as a dedicated classroom teacher spanning many years that should be highlighted. The fact that she is black is not peritent to her qualifications of having the school named after her.
To base the consideration of her name for the new school primarily on the fact that she is a black American is both racist and dishonors her contribution to her chosen profession of education.
Make the case based on the merit of her contributions. Trust me, if her contributions are as good as advertised by Ms. Bracey, then she should have a great shot at having her name picked.
If her name is selected, then you can celebrate her being the first black Amercian to have their name on a school in Killeen. Not the other way around.


@To base the consideration of her name for the new school primarily on the fact that she is a black American is both racist and dishonors ---

I don't think it would be a dishonor if her name was chosen and she would be the 1st black American in the KISD to have a school with her name assigned to it, since no person of color's name has had this Privilege or Honor so far in the district..

Color has nothing to really do with it, just the fact, It would be a 1st for the school district.


A positive impact on the community is a positive impact on the community regardless of race and every candidate in the running should be considered thoroughly.


The name of new school should honor a person who has made a positive impact on KISD and its students. The list should include all candidates (regardless of race) both past and present. Political correctness and racial bias should be left out of the process.
Serious consideration should be given to continuing to recognize the contributions of the name Fowler to this district however it should not be taken for granted that the new school has to be named Fowler.
Fowler Elementary is and has always been a neighborhood school. To rip it the name for the residents that live next to Fowler deprieves this neighborhood of a very proud tradition that it earned through its support of the school all these years.


The entire campus of Fowler Elementary is being moved to the new school. It needs to be named Fowler and not changed to something new.


The entire campus of Fowler is not being moved to the new school. None of the students currently attending Fowler will be going to the new school site. They are in fact being sent to three existing schools in the district.
Nor is the entire faculty going to Fowler. Some will transfer elsewhere and some will move on to other jobs outside the district.
What is true is that a majority fo the current Fowler staff will relocate to the new school and be used as the foundation for the new school staff.
Please get your facts straight. Words have meaning.


I must agree with the writer's suggestion or with the choice of Officer Hornsby. I do not agree with naming a school after a living local muckety muck. It is just tacky but Killeen is full of examples from Stan Schleuter Loop to Patterson Middle School.

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