School might drop Aycock name

GREENSBORO (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 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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