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Athens schools being renamed to honor local Black educators

A photo showing the first integrated class at Alps Road Elementary School in 1966-67 in Athens.

By Joe Johnson

The Clarke County Board of Education last week voted to rename two elementary schools to honor the first Black teachers at each school.

Alps Road Elementary will become Bettye Henderson Holston Elementary, and Chase Street Elementary will become Johnnie Lay Burks Elementary, according to a district news release.

A time to officially rename the schools will be determined at a later date.

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