Date: August 3, 2020

Memo to all Parents about McRae-Gaines Moving to a New School this Fall

Good Morning, Parents of McRae-Gaines Learning Center!

I am writing to all of you as parents of McRae-Gaines students to let you know some wonderful news!  The Board of Directors of McRae has been working for over 2 years to find a new location for the school.  The reason for this search is that, as you know, the present school building on Marie Foster has been deteriorating.  After an architectural assessment of the building, the Board of Directors decided to conduct a search for another location that would allow for a safer, more spacious, and better learning environment for your children. The building at Marie Foster that houses the present school has a long and hallowed history, but it is time to move to a safer and more spacious location.

We reviewed several sites and decided on the former Cedar Park Elementary School located at 1101 Woodrow Avenue in Selma.  We pursued many long and serious conversations with Selma City Schools and the Selma City Council, and on June 25th they voted to transfer the school to McRae.  We have still not decided on a firm reopening date. I am balancing many considerations including the opening of Selma City Schools.

VIRTUAL LEARNING at McRae-Gaines Learning Center for all children in Pre-K (4-year-olds) through Second Grade starts Monday, August 24, 2020. The classes will run 2-3 hours, 5 days a week. Start time in the morning TBA – we will be updating shortly. Our teacher will be Mrs. Octavia McBride assisted by Ms. Minnie Lumpkin.

The cost of the Virtual Learning classes will be $50 per week or $200 for 4 weeks and the classes will run until schools open officially. Download the Admission Form on the next page and bring it with your fee to McRae-Gaines, 2601 Marie Foster, Mondays or Fridays, from 9:00 to Noon or phone 334-872-7109 or 334-872-8078 during those hours.

Check our McRae-Gaines Facebook page for updates at:

You have always been generous with your assistance in the past, and I anticipate the same now with this major move.  What we ask of you is your continued support of McRae-Gaines as we enter this new phase and to spread the word about the new school and your experience with our great teachers and staff.  Things will get better for everyone as we move into our new building. 

On behalf of our Board Chairman, Judge Collins Pettaway, Jr., and others on the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your support of McRae-Gaines Learning Center in the past and welcome you to a new adventure in learning for your students at McRae.

Thank you for all the support that you have given us through the years and may God continue to bless you and yours.

Mrs. Sadie M. Moss

McRae-Gaines Learning Center
Phone: 334-872-7109 or 334-872-8078, Mondays or Fridays only.
FAX: 334-872-8194