New K-5 school in Panama City Beach named after local businessman

Bay County

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – The new K-5 school for Bay District Schools will be named after A. Gary Walsingham.

Bay District School officials announced the name for their new school Thursday morning.

In a news conference, officials said Walsingham donated a million dollars to the school.

“I’m just glad to be able to do that,” said Walsingham, who was in attendance at the news conference with his family. “I’m looking forward to the school being very successful.”

Those funds will be used for STEM materials not provided by the state with a “true environmental and conservation focus.”

“It’s going to be teaching children and students about what the environment is, how we need to take care of the environment, what we can do to nurture the environment,” said BDS Superintendent, Bill Husfelt.

The school will serve up to 800 students in grades K-5 first, before expanding to eighth grade.

Now, officials say they need help with choosing school colors, a logo, and a mascot. There is a contest for Bay District Students enrolled in beach schools to participate in. Students with ideas can submit them to BDScomm@bay.k12.fl.us.

“We’re excited that the community is going to be a part of this, they have been since the very beginning,” said Husfelt.

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