The alumni of Barrow County’s segregation-era Glenwood Elementary and High School appear to be days away from getting their beloved former principal the honor they feel he deserves.
Based on the results of a community survey that were announced Tuesday night, it appears the Barrow County Board of Education on Aug. 6 will name the county’s new state-of-the-art career academy the “Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology.”
The facility, which will open a year from now in a joint campus with Lanier Technical College south of Highway 316, likely will play an important role in the lives of many Barrow County students. But its name will be pulled from the school system’s history to honor the late Lafar D. Sims and his widow, Mary Ford Sims, who taught home economics.
The Glenwood alumni earlier this year lobbied to have that Statham school named for LaFar Sims because it replaced the Winder facility that once housed the Glenwood school.
Several Glenwood alumni were in the audience for the announcement of the survey results. When asked after the meeting for their reactions, Johnnie Ellington said, “Hallelujah.”