New special schools to get names
School district officials have decided to name two schools that will open later this year to serve students with autism.
The Board of Education will accept nominations for the new schools at Ragsdale High School and the Falkener Elementary/Hairston Middle campus in Greensboro until Jan. 29.
The building at Ragsdale in Jamestown will serve teens in high school programs and the $12 million Falkener/Hairston project will be open for children in grades K-8.
The schools originally were approved to serve students at all grade levels as a replacement for McIver Education Center in Greensboro which serves 130 students with severe forms of autism and other developmental disabilities. Most students with autism attend traditional schools. The two new wings could serve up to 200 students with programs in communication, cognitive and behavioral needs.
A staff study showed that dividing the grades between the schools would better serve them and reduce transportation costs.
The board initially planned to build special schools on three different campuses as part of a 2008 bond program, but later decided to build just two to replace the McIver program which opened in 1969.
The $10 million two-story building at Ragsdale High will have its own entrance and will feature a wedge shape. Classrooms will have as few as eight students.
Nominations: The Guilford County schools district will take nominations for the two schools until 5 p.m., Jan. 29. Go http://schoolcenter.gcsnc.com to get a nomination form.
Nominations may be hand-delivered or submitted through U.S. mail to: Guilford County Schools, Dept. of District Relations, ATTN: Naming of Facilities, 712 N. Eugene St., Greensboro, NC 27401