Elementary School 11 is no longer just a number.
At an Oct. 4 meeting, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education agreed to name the school Northside Elementary School — a name with historical ties to the community that will house the school.
The new elementary school is expected to open in time for the 2013-14 school year, and will help alleviate overcrowding in the district.
The school will be located off Caldwell Street in Chapel Hill’s historically black and low-income Northside neighborhood, and it will share the same name and location as a previous elementary school.
The former Northside Elementary was a segregated school for black students. The school closed in 1966 with the desegregation of the system’s schools.
Board of Education Chairwoman Mia Burroughs said the board took the school’s history into consideration during the naming process.
“The name was such a clear favorite,” Burroughs said. “We didn’t really consider anything else.”
She said the school’s location in the Northside neighborhood will prove beneficial to the school’s neighbors.
“It’s a great neighborhood for an elementary school. Children will be able to walk to school in a fairly large area,” Burroughs said.