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Friday, January 6, 2012

Kingsport Alternative School to be named after Cora R. Cox

A formal renaming ceremony likely will occur in August.



KINGSPORT — New Horizons School will have a new name come July, and it will honor one of Riverview's former outstanding residents.

The Kingsport Board of Education voted 7-0 Thursday night to approve a staff recommendation renaming the New Horizons alternative school the Cora Cox Academy effective July 1.

Mrs. Cox, originally from Camden, Arkansas, began her Kingsport teaching career at the former Douglass High School, eventually teaching second grade and special education, and after integration in 1966, she went on to teach at Ross N. Robinson and John Sevier Junior Highs.

At Johnson Elementary, as special education teacher, she was one of the first teachers of autistic children.

Mrs. Cox passed away in 1982.

The alternative school, currently named New Horizons, is considered a stand-alone school separate from Dobyns-Bennett High School.

The school in the future is to become more involved with homebound and distance/online learning, BOE President Randy Montgomery said.

BOE member Susan Lodal said a formal renaming ceremony likely would occur in August.