Newell Elementary School’s original facility was built in
the early 1900s when the Newell community was part of rural Charlotte. That
building was 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 replacement building.
The dedication program included remarks from Principal Lydia
Fergison, Superintendent Ann Clark and Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Board of 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. He 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.
to view the Newell Elementary photo gallery.
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