Aycock’s name may be removed from Greensboro school

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A middle school in Guilford County now named after a governor who was a segregationist could be renamed for a desegregation champion.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports (http://bit.ly/2f79dlA) members of the county’s education board are seeking comments on the name change for Aycock Middle School to Swann Middle School.

Charles Aycock was an early 20th-century North Carolina governor, education champion and an ardent segregationist. Melvin Swann was a shepherd of desegregation in the Greensboro City Schools system. He died in June at the age of 80.

At its meeting Thursday, the board agreed to a 30-day comment period on the name change.

The board will vote again after 30 days on a motion to make it final.

A mostly new school board will make the final decision.

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Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com