BROOKSVILLE — The School Board has already picked the colors and mascot for Hernando's newest high school, but the home of the Green Hornets still needs a name, so the district is seeking ideas from students and the community.
Suggestion boxes have been set up at every school in the district. Ideas can also be submitted by clicking on the "Name the new school" link on the district's main Web page, www.hernandoschools.org.
The deadline for submissions in the school boxes is Friday, but suggestions can be e-mailed through the Web site until Nov. 9, said Dave Schoelles, a curriculum supervisor for the district and the facilitator for the naming process.
The suggestions will go to a naming committee that includes five community members, one picked by each School Board member. Board policy also requires the school's principal to be on the naming committee.
Interim superintendent Sonya Jackson had already picked Central High School principal Dennis McGeehan to serve on the committee. She announced Tuesday that McGeehan is also her choice to serve as the school principal.
The committee will meet Nov. 9 to narrow the list to five or 10 finalists. During the week of Nov. 16, those finalists will then be sent back to the schools that will or may feed students into the new high school for a student vote. Those schools are: Central and Springstead high schools; Pine Grove and West Hernando middle schools; and Fox Chapel, Deltona, Westside and Spring Hill elementary schools, Schoelles said.
The naming committee will consider the results of the student vote when it makes recommendations to send to the School Board on Dec. 15.
Many suggestions submitted so far have focused on the geographic region of the new school, such as "Centralia," "Weeki Wachee" and "Northwest," Schoelles said.
The new high school is the county's fifth. The names of three are pretty self-explanatory: Hernando High was the first in the county; Central High sits in the middle of the county map; and Nature Coast Technical is a technical school in the Nature Coast region of the state.
F.W. Springstead in Spring Hill is named after former School Board member Frank Springstead.
Tony Marrero can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1431.