Picking a name for Cornwall’s new school

In this June 2015 file photo, Cornwall UCDSB trustee David McDonald helps two students turn the sod at the future site of the city's new elementary school. A naming committee is hoping to have the school named before the end of the year. Click photo to enlarge. (Photo/UCDSB)

CORNWALL – A new elementary school at the corner of Nick Kaneb Drive and Marleau Avenue will have a name by the end of the year.

But school board officials have over a dozen to choose from after a public meeting Thursday night at St. Lawrence high school.

A naming committee is made of various people including former MPP and former teacher Jim Brownell.

They came up with 19 names – some touching on the history of the amalgamated schools – East Front and Gladstone – while others highlighted the geographic location.

The favourites appeared to be ‘Bridgewood’ and ‘Sir John Johnson’ – the founder of Cornwall.

A recommendation is expected to go to the school board in December.

The committee will meeting privately one more time to narrow down the choices.

You are also invited to submit a name via email to kelty.grant@ucdsb.on.ca – the future school’s principal.

The school, which will have nearly 600 students, is slated to open in September 2016.

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