Lubbock ISD board approves new campus name, administrator positions
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Lubbock ISD will name its new magnet program at the former Smylie Wilson campus after a Lubbock-borne hero.
The Commander William C. McCool Academy will commemorate the Coronado grad's service in NASA. Commander McCool was the pilot for the space shuttle in Columbia.
The middle school's program will focus on STEAM - science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
"Just the contribution he made in science and technology as the pilot of the space shuttle it just makes perfect sense for the project base learning and STEAM focus at this new middle school will have," Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo said.
Carolyn Wadley will serve as the principal of McCool Academy. She is currently an assistant principal at Smylie Wilson Middle School, where she has been assigned since the beginning of the school year.
The track at Coronado High School is also named after Cmdr. McCool. His sister graduated from Smylie Wilson.
Applications for the program will open next month.