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McNair Elementary won’t be open for start of school year

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford County Schools announced Friday that McNair Elementary will not open in time for the 2012-13 school year.

Instead, two neighboring elementary schools will host McNair students, teachers and staff until the new building at 4603 Yanceyville Road in Brown Summit is completed.

Kindergarteners and first-graders will attend class at Brightwood Elementary, located at 2001 Brightwood School Road in Greensboro.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will attend class at Jesse Wharton Elementary, located at 5813 Lake Brandt Road in Greensboro.

Classes and services for second-graders, special education students and English as a Second Language students will be split between Brightwood and Jesse Wharton.

McNair administration will have a presence at Brightwood and Jesse Wharton, although the McNair phones and principal will be located at Brightwood.

An open house will be held for parents on Thursday.  Parents of students in grades K-2 may attend from 4-5:30 p.m. at Brightwood. Parents of students in grades 2-5 may attend from 6-7:30 p.m. at Jesse Wharton.

McNair teachers will call the parents of students assigned to their rooms on Monday to let them know which school their child will attend, who their teachers are, and what their room number is, GCS officials said. 

“As late as last week, we were still were optimistic we could move our students and staff into McNair in time to open school on time,” said GCS Superintendent Maurice Green, ”We’re not going to make it.”

The district’s original move-in date for McNair was around July 30, 2012. The recovery plan would have allowed the district to move into the school this coming week, with the school ready for students on Aug. 27.