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Fort Macleod gets to name two modernized schools

Fort Macleod residents will determine the names of its two remaining schools.
Suggestions are now being accepted for the Kindergarten to Grade 5 school and the Grade 6-12 school.
“We felt that as we move forward this is a process that should happen sooner, rather than later,” said Bill Forster, who will be principal of Grade 6-12 students next year.
The province has allocated $18-million to modernize W.A. Day and F.P. Walshe schools in Fort Macleod.
When those schools are modernized, Fort Macleod will have a Kindergarten to Grade 5 school and a Grade 6-12 school.
G.R. Davis school, which at present houses Grade 4-6 students, will be closed.
As part of the modernization of schools, Livingstone Range School Division has implemented a naming process.
The Livingstone Range policy sets out guidelines including sources for a possible name.
Those sources include: the community where the school is located; the program offered such as elementary or high school); the names of people who made a contribution to education or famous Albertans; geographic or historic locations; an environmental landscape; or symbols representing cultures and/or beliefs of the community.
Naming will occur through board motion after consultation with the community in which the facility is located.
The process carried out at Claresholm when two of its schools were modernized resulted in the community choosing to keep the names West Meadow and Willow Creek Composite.
The process in Fort Macleod began with a call for people to provide suggested names, as well as the reasons behind them, to fmmod@lrsd.ab.ca by Monday, May 26.
Forster said Fort Macleod elementary school and Fort Macleod secondary school will automatically be put forward.
A committee that includes the school council chairs for W.A. Day, G.R. Davis and F.P. Walshe schools, administration and the public will be struck.
That committee will review all suggested names to prepare a short list of two or three names for each school.
The public will then get to vote on those few proposed names between June 2-6 at any of the school offices.
The school names that receive the most votes will then be presented to Livingstone Range School Board at its June meeting.
The school board will vote on the new names at its September meeting.

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