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Schools

Ex-superintendent's name on new school

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 26, 2005


TAMPA - A new high school being built in Ruskin will be named for former Hillsborough school superintendent Earl Lennard, School Board members decided Tuesday.

Board members agreed to name the school on Shell Point Road, which opens in August, after Lennard, who retired in June after nine years as superintendent. Lennard recently announced he is running as a Republican for the state Senate seat Tom Lee is vacating.

The board also named three other schools scheduled to open next year. An elementary in Summerfield Crossings near Big Bend Road and U.S. 301 will be named after the development. An elementary on Covington Garden Drive near East Bay High will be named after deceased educator Inez Doby. A middle school being built in Live Oak Preserve in New Tampa will be named after former school counselor Nancy Bartels, who died in May.

Meanwhile, board members okayed a resolution supporting the Hillsborough County Commission as it attempts to limit development in areas where schools are crowded. The resolution - requested by Commissioner Ronda Storms, who has criticized school officials for not doing enough to keep up with enrollment growth - says the school district "will provide clear and substantial evidence regarding the availability of adequate school capacity to accommodate the estimated impacts of proposed development."

Board members also approved one new charter school and rejected five. Approved was the Walton Academy for the Performing Arts Middle School, an extension of an existing charter. Denied were Champion Charter Elementary School Imagine, Academy of Finance and Law, I Can Succeed Center, Regency Academy and New Beginnings for a Better Tomorrow.

The board also voted to make settlement offers to two property owners whose land was condemned for a new Oak Park Elementary School off E Columbus Drive.

The owners of the Tropicana Motel, 4528 E Columbus Drive, will be offered $1.3-million and the owner of Bolt & Nut Inc. will be offered $2.5-million.

[Last modified October 26, 2005, 00:44:15]


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