DeKalb will name new schools after Obama, John Lewis

[private]The DeKalb County school system will name two new elementary schools after President Barack Obama and Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta — the first public schools in Georgia to be named after those political figures.

The new names were adopted Monday in unanimous votes by the DeKalb County Board of Education.

The Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology, which will cost $23 million, will be temporarily located in the former Terry Mill Elementary School at 797 Fayetteville Road, pending completion of a replacement school on the former Clifton Elementary School site at 3132 Clifton Church Road, Decatur.

The John Robert Lewis Elementary School will be temporarily located at 2383 North Druid Hills Road in the former International Student Center, which is now renovated. The Lewis school will relocate when a replacement school is completed on the Skyland Center property in Brookhaven.

The construction costs of the Lewis school are estimated at $30 million for the 900-student facility, similar to new schools at Fernbank Elementary School and Peachcrest Elementary School.

“President Obama embodies the values of a strong family, hard work, and education as the means of getting ahead,” DeKalb Supt. Stephen Green said. “These values are reflected in the DeKalb County School District and are the keys to college and career readiness.”

Green added:  “John Lewis is an American icon who has dedicated his life to the highest ethical standards and moral principles. Each day, our students, teachers, and staff will be reminded of his leadership and sacrifice and the role public education played in his achievements.”

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