DeKalb becomes first Georgia district to name school for President Obama

President Barack Obama uses a spy glass to play with a Decatur student during a 2013 visit to Georgia. JOHNNY CRAWFORD / JCRAWFORD@AJC.COM

From DeKalb County Schools tonight:

 First Public School in Georgia to be Named for the 44th President of the United States

Today, the DeKalb County Board of Education voted unanimously to name a new elementary school (Pre-K to 5) in honor of President Barack Obama.  The new school will be known as the Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology.  This is the first public school in Georgia named for the nation’s 44th chief executive.

The new school will be temporarily located in the former Terry Mill Elementary School, located at 797 Fayetteville Road, Atlanta, pending completion of a new replacement school on the former Clifton Elementary School site at 3132 Clifton Church Road, Decatur.

Total costs for the new school will be $23 million.

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.  Projected enrollment for school year 2017 is 715 students.

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

“President Obama’s public career and his family commitment offer inspiration to our students and staff,” said Dr. Melvin Johnson, chair of the DeKalb County Board of Education.  “The name on this school will remind us every day of the importance of these attributes in being good citizens.”

Board Member Dr. Michael Erwin, who represents the area, and Dr. Ralph Simpson, Regional Superintendent, co-chaired the school naming committee. The naming committee also included two area principals, staff, parents, students, and representatives of the local faith community. The committee identified naming options that were then voted on by students and staff at the school.

“President Obama’s commitment to education demonstrates an understanding of the roles of parents, teachers, and students,” said Dr. Erwin. “He knows the most dedicated teachers and most supportive parents can make a difference if students show up, pay attention, and apply themselves to the fullest extent possible.”

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339 comments
Jane Pullen Christian
Jane Pullen Christian

A Georgian would be good. Read the story of Martha berry. Berry college. Bo is not an educator!!

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

Only DeKalb county would vote to use the name of the biggest failure this country has ever known for a school. Pathetic, all of them should be removed.

Reggie Boomie Turner
Reggie Boomie Turner

And let's not even talk about the rigged election for Bush in his brother state. Smh

Reggie Boomie Turner
Reggie Boomie Turner

Hold on hold on the biggest failure this country has ever known are you serious? You can say what you want about Obama but named a time his motorcade was egged on inauguration day? Bush got egged lol. Name a time when ANYBODY threw a shoe at Obama? I'll wait but Bush got a shoe thrown at him as well lol. When did Obama lie about a country having weapons of mass destruction and then went to war with the country, only to admit there were no there in the first place. And guess what the Soldiers are STILL in Iraq now because of BUSH. and you call Obama the worst ever man please. I bet you was happy when Obama got Bin Laden huh? Let me guess you give Bush credit for that huh?

Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith

Congratulations President Barack Obama not only on this latest accomplishment, but also on your consistently excellent leadership over the last eight years

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

Bwhahahahaha!!!!! You a comedian? If not you should hit a open mic night somewhere... You're funny as hell.

Robert Mills
Robert Mills

Where have you been these 8 years, under a rock?

Zaneta McFarland
Zaneta McFarland

Look at all the racist under this post. Lol its crazy. We finally get a president with NO SCANDAL and yall mad at a school name. \U0001f62d\U0001f62d

Sue Human Birchfield
Sue Human Birchfield

Last thing would ever want is to have my child attend. Are you going too change MLK BLVD T Odama Blvd?

Dianne Lairmore
Dianne Lairmore

You mean that's the only name you could come up with you will be lucky to have students

Zaneta McFarland
Zaneta McFarland

You are a racist. But noones making mean comments about that!

Paige Page
Paige Page

I'll move my relatives there to attend!

R Watkins Clemons
R Watkins Clemons

The comments that are being made are horrible. I mean if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. You all think every Predident have done right by the US, guess what they haven't!!!!

Kimberly Waller
Kimberly Waller

This right here is some funny SHIZZ Chrisann \U0001f602

Chrisann Jennings Johnson
Chrisann Jennings Johnson

Haha! Sho Nuff is! We have to change the names of streets because folks feel like the are too racist but then this happens! Crackers me up!

Lisa Foust
Lisa Foust

This makes me proud to live in DeKalb. Great idea!

Gary E. Earls
Gary E. Earls

On "The Georgia Gang" this morning the panel discussed this. The school regulations state to name a school after a person then the person must have been deceased for five years. The only white board member objected to naming the school for a living person the the other board members started calling him a 'racist". Race relations have been set back fifty years.

Drew Token Robin
Drew Token Robin

I bet all the haters on this post graduated from Trump University. Oh wait... \U0001f481

Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith

You in the Ms America Pageant you got to be kidding, maybe Ms Ugly

Carol Shaw
Carol Shaw

there is NO way my child would step foot in that hell hole

Glenda Wheeling
Glenda Wheeling

Boo.Goverment schools warp the minds of our children

Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith

Honey Boo Boo Glenda Wheeling Overweight Diseases. You have a family of elephants, beautiful fat family portrait.

Tania Valcourt
Tania Valcourt

Wow, only in America can you be a complete FRAUD and have a school named after you.

Lisa Foust
Lisa Foust

What exactly is the crime? Why dont you all take your ugly hate somewhere else? This is a feel-good post. You make white people look bad!!

R Watkins Clemons
R Watkins Clemons

What fraud?? Then again why am I asking you!!!God bless you. I'm sure you've done everything right!!!

Zaneta McFarland
Zaneta McFarland

Lol... i bet you won't say that out loud around other black ppl. Now who is the fraudulent one??

Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith

Tania we all know that you are pregnant by your second dog. Your baby will have 3 dog heads & 5 legs.

Paul Gibson
Paul Gibson

I always thought things were named after people who had died JFK HS in Berlin was named for him after he died. Harn. Complex was named for Dixie Harn he had been dead for many years. A roads name was renamed for a solider killed In Afghanistan. This is BS

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

generally yes..but apparently not in dekalb

Carol Shaw
Carol Shaw

now you just have to be half black and an idiot crook

Zaneta McFarland
Zaneta McFarland

Nope. Things are named after the living all the time. Don't be so racist Carol Shaw