Greensboro, NC -- McNair Elementary in Brown Summit will not open on time for the new school year, according to Guilford County Schools (GCS).
The announcement was made at 3:15 on Friday. GCS said construction is the cause for the delay.
Students and teachers will begin August 27 at two neighboring elementary schools.
McNair kindergartners and first graders will have classes at Brightwood Elementary on Brightwood School Road in Greensboro. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will go to Jesse Wharton Elementary on Lake Brandt Road, also in Greensboro.
GCS plans to split second-graders, special education students, and ESL students between Brightwood and Jesse Wharton schools. McNair's administration will work from both locations, but the principal and phones will be directed to Brightwood.
McNair has planned an Open House for parents on Thursday, Aug. 23. 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.
"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 Maurice O. Green, superintendent. "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 August 27.
"While I'm disappointed to have to share this information with our McNair family and our community, I want to thank our facilities team, our principal George Boschini, and all who continue to work hard to make McNair a wonderful place for children," said Green. "McNair elementary is going to be a great school, and it's going to be a beautiful facility. We need to do this right, even if it causes some pain now. The long-term gain for our students and our families will be well worth it."
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