The memory of a local official is living on.
Prince William County’s newest elementary school will be named after former Supervisor John Jenkins.
John Jenkins, who held the position for 36 years, passed away last month.
School Board member Lillie Jessie recommended that the institution be named John Jenkins Elementary School on Wednesday.
“It is an honor for me to have an opportunity to just be with Ernestine and John Jenkins, and to have a school in my district named in his honor — it’s one of the best things that could have happened,” Jessie said at a meeting held at the Kelly Leadership Center in Manassas.
Ernestine Jenkins, his wife, thanked the School Board. She also expressed her appreciation for the kindness that members of the community have shown to their family.
“Among the many things that John was passionate about was the future of our children and their education,” Ernestine Jenkins said. “He devoted much of his time to making our school system the best that it can be, and always putting the students his number one priority.”
Previously referred to as “Prince William Parkway Elementary School,” the facility seeks to address overcrowding in the county.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site, which is at 4060 Prince William Parkway in Occoquan, in October.
In January, the School Board approved boundary changes resulting from the school’s opening, which is slated for this fall, and additions to other facilities.
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