Trustees approve East City Public School as name for new elementary school in Peterborough

The new elementary school in Peterborough’s east end will be named East City Public School.

On Tuesday night, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board trustees approved the name — one of four shortlisted by an ad hoc naming committee. Other finalists were Shining Waters Public School, Kaa-Waa-Te Public School and Lift Lock Public School.

The school board says there were more than 50 submissions.

Currently under construction, the $20-million elementary school in East City/Ashburnham will house approximately 675 students from kindergarten to Grade 8 and will feature a French immersion program and a child-care centre.

The school is expected to open in September 2021 and will replace Armour Heights and King George public schools, both in East City, which are in aging buildings and face declining enrolment, according to a 2016 accommodation review that recommended amalgamating the schools.

“As always, these are difficult decisions not only for the committee but for the board as well in its deliberations,” said board chairperson Diane Lloyd. “The variety and worthiness of all the submissions, over 50 in total, just adds to the challenge of this process and is a wonderful testament to the community’s interest in this school and public education.”

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