Trustees approve two school names

Posted On Tuesday November 23, 2021

Thames Valley’s new southeast London elementary school has officially been named Summerside Public School after the results of a community poll were endorsed by Trustees at the November 23 Board meeting.

The name was supported by 74 per cent of those who participated in the poll of families whose children will attend the school when it opens its doors in Fall 2022 – and reflects the name of the surrounding London neighborhood of Summerside. 

Trustees also endorsed the results of a poll of families whose children will attend Tweedsmuir Public School, which has undergone an $11.5-million expansion to accommodate many students from nearby Fairmont Public School, scheduled to close in June 2022.

As a result of the consolidation of the two schools, the Board’s Naming of Schools Policy provides the community the opportunity to choose a new name for the school. However, 72 per cent of those who participated in the poll chose to keep the Tweedsmuir name.

After extensive study and public consultation, Trustees approved the closure of Fairmont in 2017, with most students transferring to Tweedsmuir. Built in 1959, Tweedsmuir’s capacity was expanded to accommodate 494 pupils.

The new $16.6-million Summerside Public School will accommodate 556 students – some of whom are currently attending Fairmont Public School, Princess Elizabeth Public School, and Tweedsmuir Public Schools, as well as a portion of students from Westminster Public School. Summerside will also include 88 child care spaces.

 

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