Review rules on retaining Mountain school names relaxed

News Apr 02, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Advisory committees reviewing the names of five central Mountain elementary schools that survived last year’s closure studies will have the option of recommending a single name for consideration, rather than the three normally required.

Hamilton public board trustees on Monday agreed to ease the rules for the studies by also allowing the committees to recommend naming libraries, gyms or other parts of the schools after closing schools.

Board policy presently requires separate committees for the latter.

Central Mountain trustee Dawn Danko, who pushed for the changes, said she believes combining the two tasks will be more efficient and provide clearer feedback on the wishes of affected school communities.

Allowing committees to recommend a single name will help in instances where no change is desired, she said.

Comprising parent, student and staff members, the committees will be part of a 41-day public consultation – also shortened by four days – on whether to rename all or parts of Franklin Road, G.L. Armstrong, Pauline Johnson, Queensdale and Ridgemount schools.

Danko said she’s been contacted by constituents who want to keep existing names, a view forcefully echoed by the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society in a letter to the board.

“That is a possibility under the current policy, but it’s not always clear,” she said. “If it’s a clear mandate to maintain the school’s name they can simply submit that name, rather than coming up with these other names just for the sake of process.”

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks, who opposed reviewing the schools’ names, objected to the “piecemeal” rule changes, arguing they should first be studied by the board’s policy committee.

“We’re making a decision for one community,” he said. “We change the policy totally for the board, not just for one specific area.”

Amid resistance from several trustees, Danko backed off her proposal to also cancel the Ridgemount review and exclude Cardinal Heights representatives from the Queensdale and Franklin Road studies.

Review rules on retaining Mountain school names relaxed

News Apr 02, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Advisory committees reviewing the names of five central Mountain elementary schools that survived last year’s closure studies will have the option of recommending a single name for consideration, rather than the three normally required.

Hamilton public board trustees on Monday agreed to ease the rules for the studies by also allowing the committees to recommend naming libraries, gyms or other parts of the schools after closing schools.

Board policy presently requires separate committees for the latter.

Central Mountain trustee Dawn Danko, who pushed for the changes, said she believes combining the two tasks will be more efficient and provide clearer feedback on the wishes of affected school communities.

Allowing committees to recommend a single name will help in instances where no change is desired, she said.

Comprising parent, student and staff members, the committees will be part of a 41-day public consultation – also shortened by four days – on whether to rename all or parts of Franklin Road, G.L. Armstrong, Pauline Johnson, Queensdale and Ridgemount schools.

Danko said she’s been contacted by constituents who want to keep existing names, a view forcefully echoed by the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society in a letter to the board.

“That is a possibility under the current policy, but it’s not always clear,” she said. “If it’s a clear mandate to maintain the school’s name they can simply submit that name, rather than coming up with these other names just for the sake of process.”

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks, who opposed reviewing the schools’ names, objected to the “piecemeal” rule changes, arguing they should first be studied by the board’s policy committee.

“We’re making a decision for one community,” he said. “We change the policy totally for the board, not just for one specific area.”

Amid resistance from several trustees, Danko backed off her proposal to also cancel the Ridgemount review and exclude Cardinal Heights representatives from the Queensdale and Franklin Road studies.

Review rules on retaining Mountain school names relaxed

News Apr 02, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Advisory committees reviewing the names of five central Mountain elementary schools that survived last year’s closure studies will have the option of recommending a single name for consideration, rather than the three normally required.

Hamilton public board trustees on Monday agreed to ease the rules for the studies by also allowing the committees to recommend naming libraries, gyms or other parts of the schools after closing schools.

Board policy presently requires separate committees for the latter.

Central Mountain trustee Dawn Danko, who pushed for the changes, said she believes combining the two tasks will be more efficient and provide clearer feedback on the wishes of affected school communities.

Allowing committees to recommend a single name will help in instances where no change is desired, she said.

Comprising parent, student and staff members, the committees will be part of a 41-day public consultation – also shortened by four days – on whether to rename all or parts of Franklin Road, G.L. Armstrong, Pauline Johnson, Queensdale and Ridgemount schools.

Danko said she’s been contacted by constituents who want to keep existing names, a view forcefully echoed by the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society in a letter to the board.

“That is a possibility under the current policy, but it’s not always clear,” she said. “If it’s a clear mandate to maintain the school’s name they can simply submit that name, rather than coming up with these other names just for the sake of process.”

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks, who opposed reviewing the schools’ names, objected to the “piecemeal” rule changes, arguing they should first be studied by the board’s policy committee.

“We’re making a decision for one community,” he said. “We change the policy totally for the board, not just for one specific area.”

Amid resistance from several trustees, Danko backed off her proposal to also cancel the Ridgemount review and exclude Cardinal Heights representatives from the Queensdale and Franklin Road studies.