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Selecting names for schools is an elementary situation

Thanks to a "Name That School" contest, Chad and Brad Krantz, likehundreds of other pupils, will be saved the embarrassment of having to say they attend "Elementary School J." "Elementary School J is missing something," said Becky Krantz, their mother. She and her husband, Mark, live near the Boyette Springs development with Chad, 5, and Brad, 4.

Six new elementary schools scheduled to open in 1991 in Hillsborough County need names, and the school district is asking the public to help.

No awards will be given for selecting a name, but those who provide one will get the satisfaction of seeing their idea win posterity.

Aside from Boyette Springs school, the five others that need names are Elementary School H in Heather Lakes, Elementary School N in the Riverhills Country Club development, Elementary School M in Walden Lakes, Elementary School L in the Villages of Cypress Creek and an elementary school in Progress Village that doesn't even have a letter yet.

Mrs. Krantz already is thinking about her entry. "I think Boyette Springs Elementary or someone's last name who has done something significant in education would be nice," she said.

Jon and Marla Johanson live in Heather Lakes with their three daughters, Sonya, Sandra and Alisha. Only 6-year-old Alisha will attend the new school. The other two children attend junior high school.

"I think they should name the school after Mary Ann Metrick, who recently retired from education and as principal of Kingswood. That is much nicer than Elementary School H," Mrs. Johanson said.

A seventh elementary school, already named Summerfield Elementary, will be built in the East Bay area on Big Bend Road and should be open in the summer or fall of 1991, said Tom Blackwell, director of planning and construction for the school district.

The new schools are planned to ease overcrowding at Alafia, Apollo Beach, Buckhorn, Brooker, Bryan, Clair Mel, Cork, Dover, Kingswood, Limona, Palm River, Pinecrest, Progress Village, Riverview, Ruskin, Wimauma and Yates elementary schools.

Suggestions for names of the six schools should be submitted to Larry Martin, Hillsborough County Schools, 703 N Thomas St., Plant City 33566; or Randy Poindexter, Hillsborough County Schools, P.O. Box 3408, Tampa 33601-3408. Deadline for suggestions is Feb. 23.