Area school named after Barack Obama -

Area school named after Barack Obama

(KMOV) -- A local school district has named its school after our current president.

The Normandy School District board unanimously decided to name its new school “Barack Obama Elementary School.”

The school is still under construction in Pine Lawn, and is expected to be finished in late fall. Students and staff will move into the school in January after winter break. Pine Lawn and Garfield Elementary Schools will close upon completion of Obama Elementary. Both schools were polled as to what to name the new school.

"We selected 'Obama' not only because he is the first African-American U.S. President, but because he represents fairness, provides inspiration and is a prime example of being anything and all that you can be," said Cozy W. Marks, III, the board's president. "These qualities represent everything our district stands for. This is what we want and feel for our students - with dedication, commitment and hard work, they can be anything they want to be."

The 65,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will house up to 400 students in grades kindergarten through sixth. Based on the community school concept, the new school is designed to provide inviting and highly accessible community spaces including a cafetorium, library, gymnasium, computer lab and several meeting rooms.

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