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Mississauga News - Jan. 19, 2012 - By John Stewart - email@example.com
Ratepayers challenge naming
The Lakeview Ratepayers' Association (LRA) is calling on the Peel District School Board to reverse its decision to rename Hartsdale Public School for local trustee and Board chair Janet McDougald.
In a motion approved last Friday, directors of the ratepayers group said it's inappropriate to rename the school for McDougald, who sat on the school-closing review committee that voted to close three schools in the neighbourhood and leave Lakeview without an elementary school for the first time in a century.
"Naming the new school after one of the chief architects of this serious problem is seen as an insult to our community," the ratepayers said in a statement. "The LRA has concerns over the optics of having the trustee/school board chair who sat on the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC), which voted to close all of the public schools in our community, being honoured with the name of the very school to which all of our Lakeview public school board children must now be bused."
The Peel Board amalgamated Byngmount Beach, Neil C. Matheson and Lyndwood public schools into the new Hartsdale Public School, the name recommended by the ARC. The new school is under construction on the site of the former Lyndwood Public School and is scheduled to open next September.
At a private meeting in November that McDougald did not know about, her fellow trustees voted to rename the school in her honour.
Although she was not involved in the renaming, McDougald has been forced to defend it on behalf of the Board as parents at some of the closed schools questioned its appropriateness.
The Ward 1 and 7 trustee, who's been a trustee for 23 years and Board chair for the past 14 years, told parents at a meeting last month that she hopes they will focus on the teaching and learning in the classrooms since that's the most important part of the school, not the name.
“I see everything remaining the same. I see a new name outside the school, but inside the school I don’t see anything changing,” she said at the time.
The LRA also said it feels it's inappropriate to name a school for a sitting trustee, in the ward she represents.
The group concluded its "community letter" by saying: "We suggest that the school board reconsider their position and that the new Hartsdale Public School should not be renamed."
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