Carol Cooper of the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education said she wishes she could go back in time and reverse her decisive July 14 vote to remove the name of Don Juan de Oñate from Oñate High School.
If she had voted against the name removal proposal, the vote would have been tied 2-2 with one abstention, meaning the school’s name wouldn’t have been changed, the Las Cruces Sun-New reported.
The proposal to change the name of the school came amid a national conversation about monuments and names of institutions honoring historical figures linked to racism. But after Cooper voted, she said she heard from many constituents who told her they wished she had kept the school’s name. Officials have not come up with a new name for the school.