Help PCPS Name Our New Elementary School; Cast Your Vote by Feb. 20

Polk County Public Schools is asking the community to help name our newest elementary school.

The school, located at 9525 State Highway 653 in Winter Haven, is expected to open in August 2023. Measuring 126,834 square feet, the school will serve approximately 996 students.

The new school will increase available classroom space within a fast-growing area of Polk County, and reduce potential strain on existing schools like Chain of Lakes, Alturas, and Spook Hill elementaries.

After researching the surrounding area, a naming committee comprised of school, district and community leaders has selected four possible names for the school.

Members of the public are asked to cast their vote by visiting:

Voting will close on Monday, Feb. 20. The four possible names for the school include:

  • Sensabaugh Elementary — Effie Reeve Sensabaugh was a beloved elementary teacher in Winter Haven. Her career ended in 1943 after more than five decades of service – with more than 40 years spent teaching students in Winter Haven.
  • South Pointe Elementary — This option refers to the new school’s location, which is being constructed within the southernmost point of Winter Haven.
  • Osprey Elementary — The osprey is a bird found commonly year-round in Florida, including the area where this new school is being built.
  • Osprey Landing Elementary

After voting closes, the winning name will go to the Polk County School Board for consideration at an upcoming meeting.