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Residents Excited About New Year-Round School, Upset About Name

Posted August 25, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Taylortown is a town of 900 people. Just about everyone knows each other and they take pride in their community. They are excited about Moore County's first year-round school opening its doors in their town, but they're deeply offended that school leaders excluded them from the process of naming the reorganized school.

Taylortown is a small, predominantly black incorporated town that borders the golf capitol of Pinehurst. Residents met at the town hall today to discuss the talk of the town, the naming of the only school in town.

"It's in our town, why should they have it in any other name," said Atelia Young, resident.

But the school does have another name, Pinehurst Year Round. Residents weren't aware of the name change until they read an article in the local paper. They were also surprised to be described as a black and low income town, an image that some believe has kept school leaders from naming the school Taylortown.

"We are a working class town, we are not predominantly poor," said Mayor Ulysses Barrett.

School principal Janice Cagle says the superintendent told her to ask her advisory council for a school name.

They at that time requested that it be called Pinehurst Year-Round," said Cagle.

In the early 1900s, Robert and Edna Taylor, an educated black couple, started teaching the black children in the area. The town was subsequently named after them. It's in their honor and their memory that residents would like to call their new school Taylortown Year-Round.

86-year-old Ruth Jackson remembers the Taylors and the contributions they made. She hopes the school board will reconsider its decision.

"It needs to be named after the original people that built the school to start with," said Jackson.

School board leaders now plan to conduct a school-wide survey to determine if a name change should be considered.

Cagle says no matter what the name of the school becomes, she assures the people of Taylortown and Pinehurst that educating the children will remain the school's top priority.