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What's in a name? Marion officials consider school naming issue



Marion County has a new elementary school that soon will open in the Silver Springs Shores community. The School Board was leaning toward naming it Silver Springs Shores Elementary.

Then a 31-year volunteer named Henry Duda passed away. That got some to thinking they might name the school after him.

But Marion district policy says a person must be dead 10 years before a school can be named after them.

So now, the board is pondering the name Volunteer Elementary, featuring a Volunteer Hall of Fame, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

We've seen discussions like this in the past, where school boards have juggled the competing notions of honoring a single person or a group of people, such as military veterans, when naming schools. The issue of whether to put a living or recently deceased person's name on a school building also comes into play.

Hillsborough County knows only too well that a living person can still do something that can make one, perhaps, embarrassed to have that person's name on a school.

The idea of naming a school Volunteer after the countless volunteers that schools depend upon seems fitting. The hall of fame idea would strive to make sure they're not just nameless and faceless volunteers, too. Don't you think?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:25am]


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