The new elementary school now under construction in Kingston, Ontario will be named École Sir John A. Macdonald Public School when it opens later this fall.
Trustees with the Limestone District School Board decided on the name at its regular board meeting in February.
Sir John A. Macdonald was chosen from a short list of four names provided to trustees by the Kingston East Integration Committee.
The advisory group, which is made up of students, teaching and non-teaching staff, and parents from school councils, initially received 128 suggestions following an open call to students, parents, guardians and the community. Almost 1,000 votes were cast during the week-long vote in late January.
“Kingston is well known as home to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, one of Canada’s most historically significant figures. It’s very fitting that the founding father of a united Canada will now forever be part of our new united school community in Kingston East,” said Principal Steve Hedderson in an interview with Kingston This Week.