Nine new Edmonton public schools are set to open their doors in September 2017 and when they do, they’ll bear names chosen by members of the community.
The Edmonton Public School Board is asking for people to submit their name suggestions online until Feb. 28.
However, those who make submissions don’t have carte blanche. The district wants the names to honour people who have made a difference to the community or to education in general.
EPSB executive director Lorne Parker said someone already suggested the name Hogwarts.
“We know that was submitted in fun, I believe,” Parker said.
“We’ll accept communities or names of individuals,” he explained. “We’re particularly interested in getting names of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community or to education, and represent diversity in the community. We’re looking for individuals that are worthy to have a school named after them.”
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The nine schools include an elementary school in Windermere and eight K-9 schools in Allard, Chappelle, Granville, Hudson, Laurel, Secord, The Orchards and Walker.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the EPSB had received 613 submissions.
“Once we receive those names, the staff will be going through those names and doing additional research and submitting the body of information to the board. Trustees will make the final decision,” Parker said.
EPSB will “consider all names submitted.”
The division hopes to have the school names selected by the end of June.