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School names honor mayor, rights activist
County's settlers, educators also among those chosen

SUWANEE - Some of Gwinnett's future schools will be named after a civil rights activist, two award-winning teachers, a former principal and city mayor, and two of the county's early settler families.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday approved the names of six schools opening in 2010 and one opening in 2011.

The Central Gwinnett cluster school opening in two years was named Moore Middle School in honor of Robbie Susan Moore, who died in July. For 45 years, she worked "tirelessly" to make a difference, celebrating Gwinnett's diversity and working to improve race relations, Associate Superintendent Bobby Crowson said when he presented the recommendations to the school board.

Moore, who founded the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County with her husband, Eron Moore Jr., also started an annual march and program celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

"We feel so, so, so, so blessed and gratified that the board and the community thought enough of her to name a school after her," Eron Moore Jr. said.

Robbie Susan Moore was a proponent of education, he said. The school's location, 1221 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville, is also significant to him.

"The school is on the property where I grew up," he said.

The schools opening next year will be named as follows:

· In the Central Gwinnett cluster, Jenkins Elementary, named in honor of former Lawrenceville Mayor Bartow Jenkins, will be located at 12 Village Way in Lawrenceville. His served as mayor for 14 years, and during his career in education, he taught and coached athletics at Central Gwinnett High, opened Parkview High as its principal and served as the district's director of athletics.

· In the Berkmar/Meadowcreek area, Ferguson Elementary, located at 1755 Centerview Drive in Duluth, was named in honor of Dartha Ferguson, who served students for 33 years at her alma mater, Norcross High. She was honored as Teacher of the Year four times and received the STAR (Student Teach Award Recognition) award six times.

· In the North Gwinnett cluster, Roberts Elementary School will be located at 251 Buford Highway in Suwanee. The Roberts family is one of the county's "First Families," according to the Gwinnett Historical Society. The school site is reported to be part of the original Roberts estate.

· In the Peachtree Ridge cluster, Burnette Elementary School will be located at 3221 Burnette Road in Suwanee. The Burnette family settled in Suwanee in the 1800s and farmed on land near the school site.

· In the Shiloh cluster, Snell Elementary, located at 4521 Centerville Highway in Snellville, was named in honor of Grace Brooks Snell, a longtime teacher and member of the prominent Snell family. Called "The First Lady of Snellville," Snell began her 30-year teaching career in 1920. She also wrote "The Snellville News," published in The News Herald.

· In the South Gwinnett cluster, Midway Middle, located at 3800 Brushy Fork Road in Loganville, is named for a geographical area. Midway Road intersects with Rosebud and Brushy Fork roads, and the old Midway School once sat in the triangle that forms this intersection.