Exceptional Children News and Updates
Guilford County Schools is in the process of building two new sites for students who are currently attending McIver Education Center. Students and staff will move into the sites for the 2013-2014 school year.
We created this web page to ensure our staff, parents, students and members of the community have the most up-to-date information about the construction, as well as plans to move students into the new buildings. We will continue updating this page throughout the process; please keep checking back for more details.
One site is a new wing attached to Ragsdale High School and the other is a standalone building on the campus of Falkener Elementary/Hairston Middle schools. The buildings are coming along on schedule and will offer our students classrooms geared toward their needs.
Here’s how we got here: Voters approved plans for three sites as part of the 2008 School Construction Bonds. In 2009, the Board of Education approved a plan to build two sites, instead of three.
In the original plan, each of the two sites would serve children in kindergarten through grade 12. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Board of Education approved a recommendation from GCS staff.The recommendation called for students to be assigned to each site by age: students in kindergarten through eighth grade will attend the Falkener/Hairston site and high school-aged students will be at the Ragsdale site.
The project advisory team reviewed the best way to deliver services to the students. After hearing input from parents and autism professionals, the team concluded that serving students based on age would allow teachers and other staff to provide the most appropriate services, based on each child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
GCS is working with the transportation department to provide the most efficient routes for our students.
McIver staff will also continue working with all families to ensure appropriate plans are in place for each student before he or she moves to the new sites. Student placements will still be driven by IEPs and staff will meet personally with each family to develop transition plans.
History of the McIver Project:
Additional Information about the McIver Project: