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What's in a name? Pasco school district considers options for new elementary school

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February

When building new schools, the Pasco school district holds off on giving them names until construction nears completion. As a placeholder, it uses letters.

Now it's preparing to name Elementary W, in Wesley Chapel near John Long Middle School.

Officials have asked for suggestions, and they've started pouring in. We thought we'd share some of the ones that stood out.

On the serious side, proposals have included Wendell Krinn Elementary, for the recently deceased longtime principal; Godwin Elementary, after the family of late 19th century postmasters in the area; and Susan Jordan Elementary, after an Indiana principal who died pushing children out of the way of an oncoming bus.

Some went for a lighter mood, suggesting, for instance, that the W be replaced with "Wonderful." "What child would not want to go there?" the resident wrote, adding, "If that is not accepted my second choice would be Love Elementary."

And there were some that, well, just missed the point. Wrote one proposer: "Too many syllables in the letter 'W'. May be difficult for younger children to pronounce. Have you considered 'Q'?"

Got anything better?

[Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:01am]

    

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