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Board OKs names for 12 new schools

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday unanimously approved the names of a dozen new schools.

The schools are named after geographical and historical locations, former educators and longtime Gwinnett families.

"I think it's a good mix of historical names, geographical names and significant community names," Associate Superintendent Bobby Crowson told the board during its Thursday afternoon work session. "It seems to be a very good mix."

The schools opening in 2008 are as follows:

• Puckett's Mill Elementary School, 2442 S. Pucketts Mill Road, Dacula. The school is located in the Mill Creek cluster and is named after Mr. Puckett's Mill, which was used to grind corn and wheat.

• Rosebud Elementary School, 4151 Rosebud Road, Loganville. The school is located in the South Gwinnett cluster and is across the street from the former Rosebud Elementary School, where many community members attended classes from 1903 to 1938.

• Trip Elementary School, 841 Cooper Road, Grayson. The school is located in the Grayson cluster and is named after Trip Academy, which was the first school in Grayson.

The schools opening in 2009 are as follows:

• Archer High School, 2255 New Hope Road, Lawrenceville. The school will anchor a new cluster that will relieve overcrowding in the Grayson and Dacula clusters. The school is named for Benjamin Vernon Archer, who taught and coached basketball for 35 years in Gwinnett.

• Mountain View High School, 2351 Sunny Hill Road, Lawrenceville. The school will anchor a new cluster that will relieve overcrowding in the Mill Creek, Collins Hill and Dacula clusters. The school is named for its location in the Hog Mountain area of the county.

• Bay Creek Middle School, 821 Cooper Road, Grayson. The school is located in the Grayson cluster and is named for a geographic location.

• Couch Middle School, 1777 Grayson Highway, Grayson. The school is located in the Grayson cluster and is named after the Couch family, which consisted of 11 children who attended Gwinnett County Public Schools. Eight of the children graduated from Grayson High School, and eight have been school district employees.

• North Gwinnett Middle School, 160 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Sugar Hill. The school is in the North Gwinnett cluster

• Twin Rivers Middle School, 2240 Braselton Highway, Buford. The school, named for a geographic location, will be located in the cluster anchored by Mountain View High.

• Starling Elementary School, 1725 Grayson Highway, Grayson. The school is located in the Grayson cluster and is named for Ann Cooper Starling, whose family has been in the county since 1813. Starling, who died in 2004, taught at Grayson Elementary School for 25 years.

• White Oak Elementary School, 6442 Suwanee Dam Road, Buford. The school will be located in the Lanier cluster. The school's name refers to a one-room school house from the early 1900s that was located at the corner of Suwanee Dam and Buford Dam roads.

• Woodward Mill Elementary School, 2020 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. The school will be located in the cluster anchored by Mountain View High. Woodward's Mill is a privately-held landmark located close to Interstate 85 at Ga. Highway 20. Merchants came from surrounding counties to have their grain milled there in the early 20th century.

The redistricting process that will define the boundaries for the three new clusters and the attendance zones for the new schools will begin this fall, said Sloan Roach, the school district's spokeswoman.