Cristobal Stewart, a trustee of the school district in Valley Stream, first broached the idea of renaming the Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School in November to commemorate Obama's electoral triumph.
But the plan was met with loud resistance at a Nov. 24 hearing. Town residents and parents argued that the existing name, in place since 1924, represented a long and proud tradition that shouldn't be tinkered with.
In November, another Long Island school changed its name to Barack Obama Elementary School. According to the network, the name change was inspired by the school's proximity to Hofstra University, where the final presidential debate was held.