HIGH SPRINGS – The High Springs old school building, which has been renovated, continues to operate without an official name. It had earlier been suggested that the building be named after long-time educator, the late Georgann Grady Roberts. During the Thursday, April 11, 2013 High Springs City Commission meeting, city manager Ed Booth revealed that Roberts’ family has withdrawn her name from consideration. Booth said they didn’t give him any direct reasons for the request.
Roberts taught in the old school and served on the High Springs City Commission. Her grandfather donated the land for the school. While a decision to name the school after her was never finalized, it had been a top contender. In light of the situation, Booth said the City is still accepting suggestions for naming the school. He said there is no deadline to do so. Once he receives the names he will gather biographical information on each candidate and present it before commissioners for discussion.
Recently, the old school building won the Renovation and Rehabilitation award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for its outstanding recognition in adaptive use. The building has five rooms, a small stage that holds 75 people and hosts a range of events and meetings.
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