The Pasco County School Board is seeking suggestions from the public for names for two schools the district plans to open in the fall of 2017.
One school, now known as Elementary B, is being built in Bexley Ranch, north of State Road 54 and east of the Suncoast Parkway.
The new elementary school is expected to help reduce crowding at Oakstead and Odessa elementary schools.
The other school needing a name is now known as High School GGG. It is currently under construction on Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel.
The new high school is expected to affect the boundaries for Wiregrass Ranch, Wesley Chapel and potentially Sunlake high schools.
The new middle school is expected to affect the boundaries for Weightman, John Long and potentially Rushe middle schools.
Before any decisions are reached on the boundaries for the new schools, boundary committees will meet, parent meetings will be held and the school board will make the final vote.
Meanwhile, the school board has begun the naming process for the schools.
In its school naming policy, the board welcomes suggestions from the public, students and educators.
The board prefers to name schools after the general location, features of the area, or historical information about the school’s location. The suggested name must be brief and descriptive.
The board will consider naming schools after individuals, but those individuals should be of a person of prominence recognized for his or her outstanding civic or educational contribution. The board also will consider naming a school after an elected official or a school district employee, but only after that person has been deceased for two or more years, or has left public office or employment with the district two or more years ago.
Once the name is adopted, it is considered permanent, unless the facility or its use changes.
Please type “Elementary B” or “High School GGG” in the subject line. Submissions also can be faxed to (813) 794-2716.
Suggestions also can be mailed to: Deborah Hebert, Pasco County Schools Communications & Government Relations Department, 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, Florida, 34638.
Published September 7, 2016