NY: School Renamed for Barack Obama

Barack Obama Elementary will be the new name of Ludlum Elementary



Like Barack Obama’s campaign, the plan to rename a Hempstead school after the president-elect was “a remarkable http://www.wvwnews.net/story.php?id=6086 approach,” the district superintendent said Friday.

At a meeting Thursday night, the five-member Hempstead school board voted unanimously to rename one of its schools Barack Obama Elementary School, said Superintendent Joseph Laria.

The change was effective immediately, although the district does not have a new sign yet. The school, formerly called Ludlum Elementary School, is on William Street in Hempstead.

School staff and students, who participated in mock presidential and vice presidential debates before the Nov. 4 election, initiated the request to rename the school, Laria said.The move could herald a name wave — schools, streets, parks, people — following Obama’s historic rise to the presidency.

The five-member board passed the resolution unanimously: “Whereas … the students did a wonderful job of carrying out their tasks and demonstrating their patriotism at an early age …now be it resolved that the (board members) proudly rename the Ludlum Elementary School as the Barack Obama Elementary School.”

The new name will appear on a sign in front of the building and on stationery, “hopefully before Christmas,” at a cost of several thousand dollars to the district, Laria said.

The change will be formalized at a ceremony sometime in December. School officials are hoping Gov. http://www.wvwnews.net/story.php?id=3844.