It's name that school time again for Pasco County
The Pasco County School Board is back in the business of naming schools, as its construction efforts again are booming.
They went the location route this fall with the opening of Wiregrass Elementary School. Now they have two more opportunities coming up, with High School GGG on Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel and Elementary B in the Bexley Ranch subdivision of Odessa getting ready to debut a year from now.
To prepare, the district has asked students, community members and other interested parties to submit naming ideas. They can be place-oriented, which has been the board's preference lately, but also can include other concepts including person names, such as Charles Rushe Middle, or broader themes, such as Veterans Elementary.
Recently, people have suggested naming schools after postmasters, former principals and presidents, among others.
District officials ask that if you submit a person's name, the person is "recognized for his or her outstanding civic or educational contribution." The names of elected officials or district employees won't be considered unless they have been out of that position at least two years. Once adopted, the names are considered permanent unless the building or its use changes.
Conceptual or place names should be "descriptive and brief," according to the district.
The deadline to send your suggestions with explanations to the district is Oct. 1. Email separate submissions for each school to firstname.lastname@example.org, and type "Elementary B" or "High School GGG" in the subject line, fax to 813-794-2716, or mail to Deborah Hebert, Pasco County Schools Communications & Government Relations Dept., 7227 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34638.