New Bay District school officially named

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The newest school in the Bay District is officially named!

School leaders are taking suggestions for what the school's mascot should be. (WJHG/WECP)

At the school's location off Chip Seal Parkway in Panama City Beach, district officials unveiled "A. Gary Walsingham Academy".

Walsingham donated $1 million to the new school, funding state of the art technology as well as other needed items.

Now Walsingham is looking forward to a successful future for the school.

"It's a wonderful feeling, it was totally unexpected you know, I've been part of the TDC board so I've been part of the planning for this whole area and to have this named after me, just floors me," exclaimed Walsingham.

The school is expected to open summer of 2021 as a K-5 school, with about 800 students.

School leaders are also looking for color schemes and mascot ideas.

You can send your suggestions to bdscomm@bay.k12.fl.us before June 25.

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