MULBERRY, Fla. – Polk County Public Schools would like help naming the new elementary school that will be built in the Mulberry area.
A naming committee made up of school, district, and community leaders examined the history of the area. They suggest two possible names for the school: Poley Bridge Elementary or Willow Oak Elementary.
You can learn more about the history of each name and choose your favorite by taking this online survey. Voting ends on October 21.
After the survey is complete, the nomination committee reviews the results and votes. The name chosen is recommended to the superintendent and then to the Polk County School Board for approval.
The new school is being built at 4815 Bailey Road for $ 34 million. The opening is planned for the beginning of the school year 2021-22.
The 127,000 square meter school can accommodate 1,000 students.
District officials say the new school will primarily serve students currently attending Kingsford Elementary. This will help reduce overcrowding in James W. Sikes and R. Bruce Wagner elementary schools.
Kingsford, built in 1962, has no room for expansion and is in dire need of renovation. Officials say it could be upgraded or repurposed once the new school opens.