BOE names seven new schools









BOE names seven new schools

The Gwinnett Board of Education approved names for seven new schools scheduled to open in 2010 and 2011. Superintendent/CEO J. Alvin Wilbanks recommended names based on recommendations submitted by the School Naming Committees established for each of the seven new schools. Through the school naming process, these committees met with and received input from community members, educators, and the Gwinnett Historical Society. In compiling their lists of proposed names for the Superintendent’s consideration, committee members reviewed a variety of materials, including research, petitions, and letters. The following names were approved by the Board.

School Name and Location
Background
Burnette ES
(Peachtree Ridge Cluster ES)
3221 Burnette Road in Suwanee
Opening 2010
The Burnette family settled in Suwanee in the 1800s and farmed on land near the school site. Burnette Road is named for the family. Over the years, many family members have served in civic, educational, and social roles in Suwanee and continue to do so today.
Ferguson ES
(Berkmar/Meadowcreek ES)
1755 Centerview Drive in Duluth
Opening 2010

Dartha Ferguson touched many lives in her career as a teacher and counselor at Norcross HS. Born and raised in Norcross, Ms. Ferguson served students for 33 years at her alma mater, Norcross HS. An English teacher, she was honored as “Teacher of the Year” four times and was named “STAR Teacher” six times. She also excelled in her role as a counselor at the school, earning the “Counselor of the Year” recognition twice.
Jenkins ES
(Central Gwinnett Cluster ES)
12 Village Way in Lawrenceville
Opening 2010
Bartow Jenkins was a long-time Gwinnett County Public Schools employee. He taught and coached athletics at Central Gwinnett HS for 20 years before moving into an administrative position at the school. In 1976, Mr. Jenkins opened Parkview HS as its principal. He subsequently served as the school district's Director of Athletics until his retirement. In the wider community, Mr. Jenkins was elected to the Gwinnett County Commission and also served as a Lawrenceville City Councilman for three terms. In addition, he was mayor of Lawrenceville for 14 years. In February 2009, he was honored with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's Legacy Award for his years of service to the county.
Roberts ES
(North Gwinnett Cluster ES)
251 Buford Highway in Suwanee
Opening 2010
The Roberts family is one of the “First Families” of Gwinnett, as documented by the Gwinnett Historical Society. The school site is reported to be part of the original Roberts estate. Many descendents have devoted their careers to education in Gwinnett.
Snell ES
(Shiloh Cluster ES)
4521 Centerville Highway
in Snellville
Opening 2010
Grace Brooks Snell was a long-time teacher and a member of the prominent Snell family. The Snellville community bears the name of this family. Called “The First Lady of Snellville” by many citizens, Mrs. Snell began her 30-year teaching career in Gwinnett in 1920. For 26 years, she authored “The Snellville News” column, published in The News Herald. Throughout her life, Mrs. Snell received numerous awards for her work in the classroom and her service to the Snellville community.
Midway MS
(South Gwinnett Cluster MS)
3800 Brushy Fork Road
in Loganville
Opening 2010
This geographic name has special significance for this area of the county, which is still known to many as the Midway community. Midway Road intersects with Rosebud and Brushy Fork roads. The old Midway School once sat in the triangle formed by the intersection of these roads.
Moore MS
(Central Gwinnett Cluster MS)
1221 Lawrenceville Highway
in Lawrenceville
Opening 2011


For 45 years, Robbie S. Moore worked to make a difference in the community, celebrating the diversity of Gwinnett County and working diligently to improve race relations. A civil rights activist and community leader, she had a passion for people and community-related issues. She organized the Miss Black Gwinnett pageants during the 1970s and 1980s to help empower young African-American girls and looked to address community issues through the organization of The Concerned Citizens Group. A founder of the United Ebony Society in Gwinnett, she started an annual march and program celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that remains the centerpiece of Gwinnett County's King Day activities today.