Forrest Hill principal Zawadaski Robinson said employees and students like the idea of honoring Aaron because of his life history. Board vice-chair Eshé Collins said Aaron was a strong supporter of Atlanta Public Schools.
“He’s done significant work for our children,” she said.
A district policy requires waiting five years after someone dies before naming a school after that person. The board will need a unanimous vote in order to waive that restriction.
There is precedent for such a move, including APS decisions in 2017 to name schools after U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Barack and Michelle Obama.
Other names the committee considered for a rebranded Forrest Hill included Hammond Park New Beginnings Academy, which would mark the neighborhood where the school is located, and Barbara Whitaker New Beginnings Academy, for a former APS assistant superintendent who died last year.