New Schools Honor Historic Gwinnett Families and Educational Leaders

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Few things can compete with the start of a new school year in terms of excitement and enthusiasm . . . except maybe the beginning of a new year in a brand new school community.

In August 2010, Gwinnett County Public Schools added seven new schools to its rolls, bringing the system”s total number to 130. The new schools welcomed students, families, teachers and staff who have the privilege of starting traditions that will develop over the years as the young school community grows. Also this year, the four-year-old Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology moved into its permanent location in the center of the county, just in time for the school”s first class of seniors.

When new schools are planned and constructed, great care is taken to bestow on them names that have significance and evoke pride within the community. For six of the eight new schools, the naming process brought honor and recognition to individuals and families with deep, historic roots in Gwinnett County:

Burnette Elementary School honors a distinguished Gwinnett family that has lived for generations in the Suwanee area and whose members include many local educators. Similarly, Roberts Elementary School is named for another "first family" of Gwinnett with many descendents who devoted their careers to education. Ferguson Elementary School is named in memory of Dartha Ferguson, a Norcross High School counselor and teacher for 33 years who was named Teacher of the Year four times, county Counselor of the Year twice, and STAR Teacher six times.

The name Anderson-Livsey Elementary School is a tribute to two prominent African-American families who established home places in the historic area of southern Gwinnett known as The Promised Land, site of the new school. Jenkins Elementary School is named in memory of the legendary and much beloved teacher, coach, administrator, county official and Lawrenceville mayor Bartow Jenkins.

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