Some parents of students at a Mississauga elementary school say they want the Peel board to reverse a decision to rename their school after the board chair.

Hartsdale Avenue Public School is now known as Janet I. McDougald Public School.

Randy O'Malley isn't very pleased.  He found out about the name change when the school sent a letter to parents last Friday.

"They could have changed it to the Canadian Veterans Memorial School, the Mississauga Firefighters Memorial School, the Police Officers Memorial School, honour people who have given their lives in service to this community and to the country, not just one politician," he said.

Janet McDougald is a long-time school trustee and the current chair of the Peel District School Board.  She says she's honoured by the decision to name the school after her.

"This is certainly the best Christmas present I have ever received and certainly one my family will never be able to top," she said.

The decision to name the school after her was made last week by the board.  It was a way of recognizing McDougald for her 23 years of service as a school trustee.

But some in the community don't think it's appropriate and are collecting signatures on a petition.

They intend to present that petition to the board but the odds are against them.

"The board names schools and they have named this school for me," said McDougald, "so I have no intention of declining."