York River Public School will be the name of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Bancroft. The name was chosen through a community consultation process led by the North Hastings Integration Committee.
Following the North Hastings accommodation review process during the 2008-2009 school year, a decision was made to close Bancroft Public School at the end of June 2011. It was determined that Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students from that school would move to North Hastings Senior Elementary School (NHSES), presently a Grade 7-8 school. In September 2011, NHSES will become a JK to Grade 8 facility, and renamed York River Public School.
“The York River name has great significance in North Hastings. The scenic York River flows through several communities and has historical connections, as well. I’m pleased with this choice,” stated Lucille Kyle, trustee for North Hastings.
The Integration Committee was established in October 2009 and consisted of representatives from Bancroft Public School, North Hastings Senior Elementary School and the North Hastings community. The committee embarked on a public consultation campaign in order to get input for a new school name. Surveys were sent home with students at Bancroft Public School, Bird’s Creek Public School, Coe Hill School, Hermon Public School, Maynooth Public School and North Hastings Senior Elementary School asking for suggestions for a name for the Kindergarten to Grade 8 school.
The following names were suggested:
• Bancroft Public
• Bancroft Elementary
• Newkirk School
• North Hastings Community School
• Rock Ridge
• York River
The following three names were voted on by the Integration Committee:
2. Rock Ridge
3. York River
A second survey which included the three names above, as well as a line for “other,” was sent home with all students at the same schools as the first one. Surveys were also available at North Hastings High School. Local radio station MOOSE-FM and the two local newspapers, Bancroft This Week and Bancroft Times, informed the public that surveys were available at all the above-mentioned schools.
Results of the second survey were discussed at the November 24, 2010 Integration Committee meeting. A vote by the voting members resulted in the following results:
• Northside – 0 votes
• Rock Ridge – 0 votes
• York River – 7 votes (all voting members)
A discussion then took place regarding the qualifier for the name. A vote was held by the members of the Integration Committee with the following results:
• Community School – 1 vote
• Elementary School – 0 votes
• Public School – 6 votes
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.
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