Trustees of the Lambton Kent District School Board, on the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Naming Committee, approved the name Tecumseh Public School for the consolidated John N. Given and Tecumseh Public School at the November 14, 2017 Board Meeting.
Input on keeping the name Tecumseh Public School was gathered from students, parents/guardians, alumni and community members using a survey offered online and through paper copies available at John N. Given Public School, Tecumseh Public School, Chatham Regional Education Centre and Sarnia Education Centre. Of the 119 survey submissions, 94 per cent of the respondents supported keeping the name Tecumseh Public School.
"I am pleased with the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Naming Committee, as the name of the consolidated school will continue to honour an Indigenous leader of particular historical significance in the Chatham-Kent area," said Jim Costello, Director of Education. "We look forward to continuing the work to transition our students and staff to the consolidated Tecumseh Public School site in September 2018."
Students from the John N. Given Public School Kindergarten to Grade 8 English Language Program will be relocated to Tecumseh Public School for September 1, 2018.
The Ad Hoc Naming Committee feels the Tecumseh Public School name supports the criteria outlined in the Lambton Kent District School Board's Regulation on Naming and Renaming of Board Facilities.
Prior to the public consultation, the Ad Hoc Naming Committee outlined the following rationale:
Tecumseh is the name of the previous high school, as well as one of the two elementary schools on the consolidated site;
Tecumseh is recognized for making a significant contribution to society in the district, province and country and a monument is dedicated to him in Chatham-Kent; and
The name Tecumseh is also used to identify a local park and a historical parkway along the Thames River.
The Ad Hoc Naming Committee also discussed the possibility of forming a school committee in the future to consider renaming of a portion of the school to honour the John N. Given name.
For additional information contact:
Jane Bryce, Chair of the Board, 519-899-2619
Jim Costello, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297
Gary Girardi, Superintendent of Education – Capital Planning & Accommodation, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31486
For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262; 519-355-5245 (cell)
November 15, 2017