BROOKSVILLE — The students spoke, and the adults listened: The district's newest school will be called Winding Waters K-8.
A unanimous Hernando School Board agreed Tuesday afternoon to go along with the democratic process to choose the name of the school set to open in the fall. A formal vote had been set for Tuesday's regular evening meeting.
Students in 100 classes at Pine Grove and Westside elementary schools voted earlier this month on a list of 10 names. Winding Waters K-8 was an overwhelming favorite with 40 percent of the vote, Mary-Grace Surrena, coordinator of student services, told the board. Some students from Pine Grove and Westside will be shifted to the new school.
Winding Waters is one translation for what the Seminoles called the Weeki Wachee River — and that would match nicely with the new school's neighbor, Weeki Wachee High, which opened last fall, the board agreed.
"So many times when we allow kids to take part in something, they get it right," board member Dianne Bonfield said. "I honestly think there can be no other choice than Winding Waters. It gives a tribute to those Seminoles who were native to Hernando County."
The other two top picks: Discovery K-8, with 21 percent; and Manatee K-8, with 13 percent.
The other seven choices students voted on were Centralia, Highlands, North Breeze, Northwest, Northside, Royal Highlands and Springs.
A committee of community members picked by the county School Board culled the 10 names from a list of 113 suggestions received from the public.
The elementary portion of the K-8 will open first. Those students will then later fill in the middle school portion of the school.
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