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Wanted: name, students

HUDSON - As Pasco County School Board members ponder what to name a high school under construction in northwest Pasco, they can look to geography, community leaders or vegetation for inspiration. The board asked Pasco residents for suggestions, and the public came through with 16 possibilities. Among them: West Pasco High, Dr. Rao Musunuru High, Sawgrass High, Bayonet Point High, Fivay High and Joshua J. Cooley High. Musunuru is a prominent physician in west Pasco. Cooley is a former sheriff's deputy who was severely injured in Iraq in 2005. Board members, expected to settle the naming issue at a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, could choose from one of the suggested names or come up with one of their own.
The school, under construction at State Road 52 and Chicago Avenue, has been known only by the letter designation EEE. It's still not certain which students will attend the school when it opens in 2010, though that decision is expected to happen soon, too. A committee that met in May came up with proposed attendance boundaries that would draw about 1,500 students from Ridgewood, Hudson and River Ridge high schools. That committee of parents, principals and school district officials also proposed sending to Hudson High some River Ridge students who live south of S.R. 52 near the Suncoast Parkway. Those neighborhoods are zoned for Crews Lake Middle, and all other Crews Lake neighborhoods feed into Hudson High. As with naming the school, the school board has the ultimate say on the boundaries. In this case, though, the board will hold two public hearings in November before making the final call. In the meantime, parents will get a chance to ask questions and offer comments about the proposed boundaries at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Ridgewood High School gymnasium, said Chris Williams, the school district's planning director. A map of the proposed boundaries is on the district Web site at www.pasco.k12.fl.us. Other names the public suggested for the school include Memorial High, Veterans Memorial High, Sawmill High, Beacon High, Osceola High and Patriot High. Other suggestions for naming the school after an individual include Nanci G. Denamen High, after a retired school district employee; Ferd Renniger High, after a former elementary school principal; Jonathan C. O'Neill High, after a soldier from Zephyrhills who died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan; and John Martin Polansky-Bayonet Point High, after a World War II veteran whose family named the Bayonet Point area.

Reporter Ronnie Blair can be reached at (813) 259-7065.

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