Sorry, Beyoncé, Hamilton Mountain school names to stay as is

News Jun 10, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

George L. Armstrong Elementary School won’t be renamed after American pop singer Beyoncé, as one respondent to an online survey wanted.

The central Mountain school will keep its name, as will Franklin Road, Pauline Johnson, Queensdale and Ridgemount, survivors of a closure review that is shuttering Cardinal Heights, Eastmount Park and Linden Park.

Trustees voted to stick with the status quo on Monday after hearing the affected school communities overwhelmingly supported doing so, the Beyoncé fan and a few others notwithstanding.

Dawn Danko, the area’s trustee, said the five committees struck to consider the issue were also unanimous in supporting the existing names.

She said a common concern was that renaming schools will only confuse students and be a waste of money on changing signs, logos and the like.

“They want the money spent in the classrooms,” Danko said.

Trustees accepted individual committee recommendations to pay tribute to the closing schools by naming Armstrong’s second-floor hallway Eastmount Way and part of Queensdale’s field Linden Park.

Pauline Johnson will also change its mascot from a hawk to a cardinal in honour of Cardinal Heights, although there was some confusion about whether Johnson’s gym should also be renamed after its neighbouring school.

Danko said her meeting notes clearly indicated the committee wanted to rename the gym, but the area’s superintendent, Michael Prendergast, said they didn’t discuss doing that.

The two promised to clarify the committee’s wishes in time for this Monday’s board meeting, when trustees will ratify their decision.

A similar process for three lower-city elementary schools that survived closure studies also found little appetite for change.

Hillcrest, Parkdale and Viscount Montgomery will keep their names, although Hillcrest’s primary wing and hallway will be named Woodward Way in honour of one of two closing schools, Woodward Avenue. The other, Roxborough Park, will receive no such tribute.

However, fields at Hillcrest and Montgomery, and the library at Parkdale, will be named after Thomas McQuesten, who variously represented Hamilton as an alderman, MLA and parks board chair between 1913 and 1943.

Sorry, Beyoncé, Hamilton Mountain school names to stay as is

News Jun 10, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

George L. Armstrong Elementary School won’t be renamed after American pop singer Beyoncé, as one respondent to an online survey wanted.

The central Mountain school will keep its name, as will Franklin Road, Pauline Johnson, Queensdale and Ridgemount, survivors of a closure review that is shuttering Cardinal Heights, Eastmount Park and Linden Park.

Trustees voted to stick with the status quo on Monday after hearing the affected school communities overwhelmingly supported doing so, the Beyoncé fan and a few others notwithstanding.

Dawn Danko, the area’s trustee, said the five committees struck to consider the issue were also unanimous in supporting the existing names.

“They want the money spent in the classrooms."

She said a common concern was that renaming schools will only confuse students and be a waste of money on changing signs, logos and the like.

“They want the money spent in the classrooms,” Danko said.

Trustees accepted individual committee recommendations to pay tribute to the closing schools by naming Armstrong’s second-floor hallway Eastmount Way and part of Queensdale’s field Linden Park.

Pauline Johnson will also change its mascot from a hawk to a cardinal in honour of Cardinal Heights, although there was some confusion about whether Johnson’s gym should also be renamed after its neighbouring school.

Danko said her meeting notes clearly indicated the committee wanted to rename the gym, but the area’s superintendent, Michael Prendergast, said they didn’t discuss doing that.

The two promised to clarify the committee’s wishes in time for this Monday’s board meeting, when trustees will ratify their decision.

A similar process for three lower-city elementary schools that survived closure studies also found little appetite for change.

Hillcrest, Parkdale and Viscount Montgomery will keep their names, although Hillcrest’s primary wing and hallway will be named Woodward Way in honour of one of two closing schools, Woodward Avenue. The other, Roxborough Park, will receive no such tribute.

However, fields at Hillcrest and Montgomery, and the library at Parkdale, will be named after Thomas McQuesten, who variously represented Hamilton as an alderman, MLA and parks board chair between 1913 and 1943.

Sorry, Beyoncé, Hamilton Mountain school names to stay as is

News Jun 10, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

George L. Armstrong Elementary School won’t be renamed after American pop singer Beyoncé, as one respondent to an online survey wanted.

The central Mountain school will keep its name, as will Franklin Road, Pauline Johnson, Queensdale and Ridgemount, survivors of a closure review that is shuttering Cardinal Heights, Eastmount Park and Linden Park.

Trustees voted to stick with the status quo on Monday after hearing the affected school communities overwhelmingly supported doing so, the Beyoncé fan and a few others notwithstanding.

Dawn Danko, the area’s trustee, said the five committees struck to consider the issue were also unanimous in supporting the existing names.

“They want the money spent in the classrooms."

She said a common concern was that renaming schools will only confuse students and be a waste of money on changing signs, logos and the like.

“They want the money spent in the classrooms,” Danko said.

Trustees accepted individual committee recommendations to pay tribute to the closing schools by naming Armstrong’s second-floor hallway Eastmount Way and part of Queensdale’s field Linden Park.

Pauline Johnson will also change its mascot from a hawk to a cardinal in honour of Cardinal Heights, although there was some confusion about whether Johnson’s gym should also be renamed after its neighbouring school.

Danko said her meeting notes clearly indicated the committee wanted to rename the gym, but the area’s superintendent, Michael Prendergast, said they didn’t discuss doing that.

The two promised to clarify the committee’s wishes in time for this Monday’s board meeting, when trustees will ratify their decision.

A similar process for three lower-city elementary schools that survived closure studies also found little appetite for change.

Hillcrest, Parkdale and Viscount Montgomery will keep their names, although Hillcrest’s primary wing and hallway will be named Woodward Way in honour of one of two closing schools, Woodward Avenue. The other, Roxborough Park, will receive no such tribute.

However, fields at Hillcrest and Montgomery, and the library at Parkdale, will be named after Thomas McQuesten, who variously represented Hamilton as an alderman, MLA and parks board chair between 1913 and 1943.