DeKalb County Elementary Schools to be named for Barack Obama, John Lewis

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 12, 2016
Left: U.S. President Barack Obama. Right: Congressman John lewis

Left: U.S. President Barack Obama. Right: Congressman John lewis

DeKalb County’s Board of Education has voted to name elementary schools after President Barack Obama and U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

The Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology is the first school in Georgia to be named after the president, a press release from DeKalb County Schools says. It will be located temporarily at the former Terry Mill Elementary School at 797 Fayetteville Road in Atlanta. DeKalb County Schools is building the new school on the site of the former Clifton Elementary School, located at 3132 Clifton Church Road, Decatur. The total cost for the school will be $23 million, the DeKalb County Schools says.

“Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology, a modern 900-student facility similar to new schools at Fernbank Elementary School and Peachcrest Elementary School, is scheduled to open in January 2017,” the school system said. “Projected enrollment for school year 2017 is 715 students.”

John Robert Lewis Elementary School, named after the civil rights icon and U.S. congressman from Georgia’s fifth district, will be the first public school in the country with named for Lewis.

It will be temporarily located at 2383 North Druid Hills Road in the former International Student Center. It will eventually relocate to a new school in Brookhaven. Construction is estimated to cost $30 million, DeKalb County Schools says. It will seat 900 students, and will also be similar to Fernbank and Peachcrest elementary schools.

“With a projected 2017 enrollment of 394 students, John Robert Lewis Elementary School will play a key role in relieving overcrowding in the Cross Keys High School cluster by receiving students from Montclair Elementary School,” a press release from the county says.

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