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School misspells its name -- Caught 9 years later

Published On: May 09 2012 10:56:00 AM CDT   Updated On: May 10 2012 09:35:55 AM CDT
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An elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas, issued the mother of all mea culpas this week when it corrected a misspelling in its name that wasn't noticed for nine years.

Sunrise Elementary School added "McMillan" to its name in the 2003-2004 school year to honor its very first teacher, Mary McMillan, who eventually became its principal, KXAS-TV reported.

However, a relative of McMillan recently contacted the school district to point out that the school had added an extra "'I" in its spelling of her name and that the incorrect spelling of "Sunrise-McMillian" was being used in lettering on the building, printed signs, vinyl congratulatory signs, logos and on Facebook.

"Oh, I was kind of shocked," Ernie Johnson, who waters the grass on school grounds, told the TV station. "I hadn't paid it any mind."

According to KXAS, the lettering on the building was corrected this week, but the school district is still scrambling to fix the typo on business cards, visitor passes, certificates and digital signatures embedded in email.

Principal Marion Mouton said despite their best efforts, he and his staff keep finding the misspellings.

"Our day-to-day things that we just take for granted now and, as we're coming up with it, we're seeing 'OK, that's something else we need to fix,'" he said.

There's no word on what the final cost will be to correct the mistake.

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