The Clayton County school board considered both Obama and former U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who had died three months prior to the discussion, for the naming honor. The board voted 7-2 in favor of Obama.
“Both of them are great individuals,” board chairwoman Jessie Goree said before the vote was called. “All of us are willing to go one way or the other.”
The district on Tuesday cancelled a ribbon-cutting they planned this week for a second school, Jonesboro High School. That event, set for Friday, will be rescheduled to an as-yet-determined date.
Joseph said recent heavy rains slowed progress on getting Jonesboro finished on time for the ceremony.
“The interior work will be complete by Wednesday,” Joseph told the board. “However, the rain of last week has impacted us greatly on the exterior.”