Nearly 100 years in the making


Newell Elementary School’s original facility was built in the early 1900s when the Newell community was part of rural Charlotte. That building w​as still being used through the 2014-2015 school year. On Oct. 7, students, staff and district administrators came together to celebrate and dedicate the school’s repla​cement building.

The dedication program included remarks from Principal Lydia Fergison, Superintendent Ann Clark and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board o​f Education Vice Chairperson Tim Morgan, and another very special dedication. Newell’s multipurpose room was named Hemphill Hall after the school’s custodian, John C. Hemphill, for his dedication and service. 

​Fergison, who is new to the school this year, asked staff who they thought exemplified what Newell represents. The one name that kept coming up was John Hemphill. Newell ribbon cutting_21 INSIDE.jpgHe has been a custodian at Newell for 14 years and with the district since 1987. A plaque with his picture and the room’s name will be placed on the wall.

“Mr. Hemphill is a man of few words,” said Principal Fergison. "When I told him how highly the staff thought of him, he would not accept their accolades. He told me, 'It’s just about getting the job done for our kids so they can learn and do their best in the building.' "

The school was built with funds from the 2007 bond. It serves kindergarten through grade five in 39 classrooms in 88,145 square feet.

Click here to view the Newell Elementary photo gallery.​