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New Gainesville elementary school gets its name: Mundy Mill Academy
The new Gainesville elementary school being built in the Mundy Mill area will be called Mundy Mill Academy. - photo by SAVANNAH KING

Mundy Mill Academy will be the name of the new Gainesville City Schools elementary school in the Mundy Mill subdivision. The school will be ready for the 2017-18 school year.

“That name connotes the geographic area,” board member Brett Mercer said.

Mundy Mill Academy, which will have students in kindergarten through fifth grade, will cost $17.4 million to build. It will be two stories and have about 130,000 square feet. It will open in August, and the school district will begin moving into the facility in May.

The school’s name was chosen from a set of recommendations, which came from surveys and a naming committee.

Board Chairwoman Delores Diaz said the policies don’t allow for naming buildings after people.

Two names were finalists amongst the recommendations: Mundy Mill Academy and Millside Academy.
According to the agenda, the name Mundy Mill was chosen as a finalist because it is a “well-known location of the area” and Millside because it is the “main entrance of the subdivision and the name of the road the school is located on.”

The agenda also said the committee knew it wanted to use the word “academy” instead of “elementary school” because of the prestige it adds to the name.

The school is located inside the Mundy Mill neighborhood on Millside Parkway on the right once you enter the neighborhood.

A 28,600-pound rock was placed on the property, which will have the name of the school painted on it.