School honors 'consummate educator'

DULUTH -- Administrators and council members at Chattahoochee Elementary sought to immortalize the name of the Duluth school's first principal, Jane Coomer.

In a 5-0 vote Thursday, the Gwinnett County Board of Education gave them the go-ahead to rename the bus lane in front of the school to "Coomer Cove," in honor of Coomer and her 14 years at the learning institution.

In a letter to their area superintendent, Principal Jeff Lee and School Council Chairperson Kris Michels said that Coomer is the "consummate educator and professional."

"She was the first principal of Chattahoochee, and led the school for 14 years. She retired after having cancer. Now, in her retirement, she returns to the school to tutor students to help them succeed," the letter stated.

In other business at Thursday's meeting, the board voted to buy new or to renovate old HVAC systems using funds from the voter-approved education special purpose local option sales tax at the following schools:

Bethesda Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Cedar Hill Elementary, Gwin Oaks Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Head Elementary, Creekland Middle, Freeman's Mill, Dacula High School, Duluth High School, Harmony Elementary, Suwanee Elementary, Lilburn Elementary, Lilburn Middle, McConnell Middle, Grayson Elementary, North Gwinnett High School, Peachtree Ridge High School, Pinckneyville Middle School, Berkeley Lake Elementary, and Harris Elementary School.