Like Barack Obama" id="PEPLT007408">Barack Obama's campaign, the plan to rename a New York)" id="PLGEO100101022030805">Hempstead school after the president-elect was "a remarkable grassroots 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 Williams 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.