This story has been corrected on July 1, 2014. An explanation of the correction is at the bottom of the article.
The new Hyattsville area school will open its doors in August as the Edward M. Felegy Elementary School, named in honor of a former Prince George’s County educator, administrator and proponent of arts education.
Felegy spent 37 years in the Prince George’s County Public School system, beginning as a teacher at Seat Pleasant Elementary school in Capitol Heights. In 1991 he was appointed superintendent and served until his retirement 1995.
Felegy Elementary, located at 6110 Editors Park Drive in Hyattsville, is scheduled to open at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
The school will have a focus on creative and performing arts, tying in with its location in the Gateway Arts District, an arts-based economic redevelopment initiative in Hyattsville and neighboring communities.
It will also serve as a feeder school for the Creative and Performing Arts program at Hyattsville Middle School and the new Jim Henson Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville.
School board member Amber Waller (Dist. 3) said she is excited about the naming of the new school.
“He [Felegy] believed in educating the whole child, including the arts,” Waller said. “He was an arts advocate, and I am excited about the legacy he left, and as we open our new school in the fall, we’re going to continue to carry on that legacy.”
In 1996, the school system’s annual honors concert was renamed the Edward M. Felegy Honor Concert. The school board unanimously approved the name, which had been recommended by a committee comprised of school system staff and local community members, parents and students tasked with recommending three names to the administration.
Two other names under consideration were Nicholson Street Elementary School and Dr. Maya Angelou Elementary School.
T. Ross Carter of Hyattsville, a parent of two and member of the committee, said the committee felt the school was a fitting way to honor Felegy, who died last March at the age of 76.
“He was a strong advocate for the arts in public schools, which was something the group felt was appropriate as the new school will have a creative and performing arts theme,” Carter said.
The school system announced in May that Walter Reap, principal of Germantown Elementary School in Montgomery County, has been selected as principal of the new school.
This story initially misidentified Northwestern’s performing arts academy. It is the Jim Henson Center for Visual and Performing Arts Academy.