An article Monday misstated the location and reopening date of Alexandria's Cora Kelly School. It is in the northeast part of the city and was reopened in 1980.
When the Cora Kelly Elementary School in Alexandria's West End reopened in September as a magnet school, Superintendent Robert W. Peebles regarded it as central to the success of the city's public school system.
As the city's first school with an emphasis on science, math and technology, it is open to students from all parts of the city. It is the only elementary magnet school in the area.
The school was designed in part to achieve a more racially mixed student population in the school system. Originally expected to have 500 students, it has 628.
"I think it's been a teriffic success," said Lou Cook, chairman of the School Board. "We only need a few more rooms."
Kelly was closed in the mid-'70s after it was repeatedly damaged by floods. But residents of the neighborhood considered it a major loss to the community, so the board voted in 1983 to open it last year as a special school.
Before the school was closed, many Alexandria parents had objected to the fact that Kelly required the longest bus ride in the city after a 1973 desegregation plan was implemented.
More than 70 percent of the students at the school are black, according to Cook, and many are from the immediate neighborhood.
School officials say they hope the unique program will attract more students from the rest of the city in the next few years and that the racial imbalance will even out.