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Kendall crowd says no to 'Diaz-Balart Elementary'


A proposal to rename a Kendall school after a former Miami-Dade congressman apparently didn’t go over well Wednesday night.

A crowd of close to 200 at Kendale Elementary, 10693 SW 93rd St., rejected the proposed renaming. Parent Ofi Blandon said they preferred the school’s current name to "Diaz-Balart Elementary."

“Everybody was like what? Diaz-Balart? No way,” she said. “They chose the wrong school.”

According to School Board Member Carlos Curbelo, who represents the school and attended the meeting, the Diaz-Balart referred to was Lincoln Diaz-Balart, who served 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before stepping down in 2010. But Curbelo, who once worked for Diaz-Balart, said parents’ opposition wasn’t to naming the school after the former congressman.

 “Their opposition was to any name change,” Curbelo said, adding that "eventually, it certainly makes sense to have a school named after him.”

Curbelo said the renaming proposal, made in a letter by a Kendall resident, is now moot. Attempts to reach Diaz-Balart Thursday by email and through a message left with his son were unsuccessful.