BREA (CBSLA) — After a campaign of more than a year to change the name of an Orange County elementary school, Monday night the Brea Olinda Unified School District voted to keep the name.
The board voted 4 to 1 in favor of William E. Fanning Elementary School.READ MORE: California Proposes Ban On Oil Drilling Near Neighborhoods
Some parents made a push to change the name because they say the namesake and former school superintendent had ties to the KKK. But many others including Fanning’s grandson said the documentation cited by opponents is unfounded.READ MORE: Kidnapping Suspect Livestreams Barricade, Standoff In Palmdale
“It’s been a very complicated eight years for our family and we really appreciate the outcome,” said William Fanning.MORE NEWS: Southland Not Well Represented In Study Of Best Small Cities In America
The name will slightly be revised to align with the school’s focus. It will be called Fanning Academy of Science and Technology.