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Davidson County School Board votes to keep Stoner-Thomas School

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- The Davidson County School Board voted Monday night 4-1 to add POD classrooms at Stoner-Thomas School.  The county school for students with special needs has been in need of renovations and additions for several years.

“We put [our child] in Stoner[-Thomas] and instant change -- instant,” said parent Jeanna Hall, one of many who spoke to the board Monday night about the impact the school's faculty has on her child.  “As long as we get these PODs, and they continue to remember Stoner-Thomas and they continue to make updates, I'll be happy.”

Some renovations were completed at the school last summer, but not enough to address parents concerns including overcrowding.

The school board looked at several options Monday night from building a new school to shutting the school down and sending students to their neighborhood school. The majority of the school board agreed to add PODS to help with immediate concerns and needs and continue to look at renovations and additions in the coming years.

The PODS will cost about $690,000. A number of renovations and additions will cost the school about $4 million more.