Russell Elementary School

Tammy Watson, Principal | Erin Schularick, Assistant Principal

3920 South Hurt Road
Smyrna, Georgia 30082
Phone: 770-437-5937
Fax: 770-437-5939
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About Richard B. Russell Elementary School

Vision Statement

To Ensure High Levels of Learning for All Students

Mission Statement

 One Team, One Goal, Student Success

Theme

Putting All the Pieces Together

 

Russell is located in the Concord Covered Bridge-Ruff's Mill Historic Area near the remains of several early pioneer communities and Civil War battlefields. The land itself was once part of the Cherokee Indian Nation until the early 1830's.

Russell Elementary has a tradition of excellence dating back to its construction in 1961 on land donated by the family of the late Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice, Richard B. Russell. At that time, our facilities consisted of one round building affectionately known as "Big Russell." Our first principal, the late Mr. Richard Geer, was well known as a strict, but fair man, who cared about his Russell Family.

In 1961, Russell led the area in technology innovation as one of the few schools anywhere to have a television in every classroom. Many Russell alumni still fondly recall watching the early space flights from classrooms in Russell Elementary.

Big Russell couldn't hold everyone for long, and in 1963 "Little Russell" was built. Construction of the Greer Building, our first "square" facility, was completed in the early 1970's, and in 1996, construction of the Dixie Anderson Building was completed.

Over the years, we have seen our enrollment multiply as the area has grown from a sleepy rural community to a bustling suburb.  Russell had a $6 million dollar construction project made possible through SPLOST. This project included a 22-classroom addition, an administrative wing, and a pupil personnel area that houses our counselors and smaller instructional areas. The new construction also included a total electrical upgrade along with technology infrastructure. All of Russell's computers older than five years old have been replaced with new computers. Our new addition also includes a second computer lab, a music room, and art room. These new additions have allowed us to include two new science labs in our existing building, and a parent resource room.

Russell remains a neighborhood school with strong ties to the community. Russell benefits from this relationship with strong parental and community support.

We welcome you to the Russell Family, and like our school song says, we hope you will be "proud to be at Russell!"