Nine new schools are being built in Edmonton and the Edmonton Public Schools has announced the names for each.
The names include fallen Edmonton Police Service Constable Daniel Woodall, the late and former Alberta premier Don Getty, and former Edmonton mayor Jan Reimer (A full list of the names and school locations can be found below).
EPSB chair Michael Janz says the names the board chose for the schools reflect what Edmonton is.
“There were many individuals who had made significant commitments that we would like to honour, but each of these individuals stood out in a unique way; either their contributions to a cultural community, to public education, to building commradarie, and making our city more welcoming,” said Janz.
“We had 3,000 submissions from Edmontonians that identified 620 individual names and then we paired down that list of 620 based on a series of criteria about how they had commited to their contributions to public education or teir contributions to Edmonton at large and then we whittled it down further and further and further until we got to a list of nine.”
Although Constable Daniel Woodall died a little over a year ago, Janz explained that the board felt his death had a significant impact on the city.
“We decided that his sacrifice and his commitment to not just Edmonton Police Service, but towards building a more inclusive and a more welcoming Edmonton for everyone deserved to be recognized.”
With exception of the school named for Constable Daniel Woodall, which will have a capacity for 650 students from Kindergarden to Grade 6, the other eight schools will each have room for 900 students from Kindergarden to Grade 9.
The full list of the new Edmonton Public School names and locations are:
Svend Hansen, Laurel (The Meadows)
Donald R. Getty, Chapelle (Heritage Valley)
Dr. Lila Fahlman, Allard (Heritage Valley)
Shauna May Seneca, Chapelle (Southeast)
Jan Reimer, The Orchards (Ellerslie)
David Thomas King, Secord (Lewis Farms)
Kim Hung, Granville (The Grange)
Hilwie Hamdon, Hudson (Pallisades)
Constable Daniel Woodall, Windermere
The schools are scheduled to open for Fall 2017. (djs)