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Toxic Legacy: Hanes/Lowrance middle school move has emotional, logistical costs

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The main entrance to Hanes and Lowrance middle schools on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mashica Jefferson-Tobias has wanted to say goodbye to Lowrance Middle School for a while, but not like this.

While the middle school is more than 60 years old, dilapidated and a replacement is past due, it is at least equipped for the nearly 150 special-needs students who attend it. Atkins High School – where Jefferson-Tobias’ son and his Lowrance classmates will finish the school year – is not. Not yet.

“It would have been nicer to stay through the end of the school year,” she said. “It would have given everyone more time to prepare the sites where we’re moving into.”

By March 2, Lowrance and Hanes middle schools will be empty. Lowrance students will be at Atkins; Hanes sixth-graders will move to Smith Farm Elementary and its seventh- and eighth-graders will be at the former Hill Middle School. All told, the unprecedented midyear move could cost Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools nearly $4 million over the next two years.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal