Mount Hope school name survives another merger

News Feb 10, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

As it has through two previous mergers, Mount Hope Elementary School is keeping its name.

Trustees voted unanimously on Monday for the status quo over a name change to reflect the Airport Road school’s absorption of students from Bell-Stone, which shut last June following a closure review.

A 13-member naming committee that included parent and student representatives favoured Mount Hope over names honouring the former Glanford township and the Lancaster bomber, housed at the nearby Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The monikers were drawn from 878 submissions received during a six-week public consultation period last fall.

“We would prefer to not use a war machine as the name of the school,” said Alex Johnstone, the area’s trustee and a member of the committee. “Mount Hope has been the name of the area officially and unofficially for many, many years,” she said.

“Students feel that they have a strong connection to the name Mount Hope. Many students who attend the school, their parents and grandparents attended Mount Hope Elementary and it has always been called as such.”

Johnstone noted Mount Hope kept its name when it absorbed students from Pioneer Memorial and Chippewa schools, closed in 1983 and 1976 respectively.

She said although Bell-Stone wasn’t among the naming options, the committee is recommending Mount Hope’s school council consider renaming the library after the former White Church Road school, which had fewer than 60 students when it closed.

Mount Hope, opened in 1953 as replacement for an original school house built in 1872, is getting $2 million in upgrades for the latest merger, including new windows, renovated washrooms, an expanded gym, and resurfaced playground and parking lot.

According to a staff report, settlers began calling the area Mount Hope in the 1850s because it’s the high point between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

Glanford township was meanwhile originally established in the County of Lincoln in 1793 and transferred to Wentworth County in 1854. It was then amalgamated with Binbrook to become Glanbrook when the province created regional government in 1974.

Mount Hope school name survives another merger

News Feb 10, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

As it has through two previous mergers, Mount Hope Elementary School is keeping its name.

Trustees voted unanimously on Monday for the status quo over a name change to reflect the Airport Road school’s absorption of students from Bell-Stone, which shut last June following a closure review.

A 13-member naming committee that included parent and student representatives favoured Mount Hope over names honouring the former Glanford township and the Lancaster bomber, housed at the nearby Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The monikers were drawn from 878 submissions received during a six-week public consultation period last fall.

“We would prefer to not use a war machine as the name of the school,” said Alex Johnstone, the area’s trustee and a member of the committee. “Mount Hope has been the name of the area officially and unofficially for many, many years,” she said.

“Students feel that they have a strong connection to the name Mount Hope. Many students who attend the school, their parents and grandparents attended Mount Hope Elementary and it has always been called as such.”

Johnstone noted Mount Hope kept its name when it absorbed students from Pioneer Memorial and Chippewa schools, closed in 1983 and 1976 respectively.

She said although Bell-Stone wasn’t among the naming options, the committee is recommending Mount Hope’s school council consider renaming the library after the former White Church Road school, which had fewer than 60 students when it closed.

Mount Hope, opened in 1953 as replacement for an original school house built in 1872, is getting $2 million in upgrades for the latest merger, including new windows, renovated washrooms, an expanded gym, and resurfaced playground and parking lot.

According to a staff report, settlers began calling the area Mount Hope in the 1850s because it’s the high point between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

Glanford township was meanwhile originally established in the County of Lincoln in 1793 and transferred to Wentworth County in 1854. It was then amalgamated with Binbrook to become Glanbrook when the province created regional government in 1974.

Mount Hope school name survives another merger

News Feb 10, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

As it has through two previous mergers, Mount Hope Elementary School is keeping its name.

Trustees voted unanimously on Monday for the status quo over a name change to reflect the Airport Road school’s absorption of students from Bell-Stone, which shut last June following a closure review.

A 13-member naming committee that included parent and student representatives favoured Mount Hope over names honouring the former Glanford township and the Lancaster bomber, housed at the nearby Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The monikers were drawn from 878 submissions received during a six-week public consultation period last fall.

“We would prefer to not use a war machine as the name of the school,” said Alex Johnstone, the area’s trustee and a member of the committee. “Mount Hope has been the name of the area officially and unofficially for many, many years,” she said.

“Students feel that they have a strong connection to the name Mount Hope. Many students who attend the school, their parents and grandparents attended Mount Hope Elementary and it has always been called as such.”

Johnstone noted Mount Hope kept its name when it absorbed students from Pioneer Memorial and Chippewa schools, closed in 1983 and 1976 respectively.

She said although Bell-Stone wasn’t among the naming options, the committee is recommending Mount Hope’s school council consider renaming the library after the former White Church Road school, which had fewer than 60 students when it closed.

Mount Hope, opened in 1953 as replacement for an original school house built in 1872, is getting $2 million in upgrades for the latest merger, including new windows, renovated washrooms, an expanded gym, and resurfaced playground and parking lot.

According to a staff report, settlers began calling the area Mount Hope in the 1850s because it’s the high point between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

Glanford township was meanwhile originally established in the County of Lincoln in 1793 and transferred to Wentworth County in 1854. It was then amalgamated with Binbrook to become Glanbrook when the province created regional government in 1974.