First it was Twin Lakes Middle. Now it's Eagle Mountain Middle. And it definitely won't be Anmore Middle. A few weeks after deciding to name the new middle school under construction in Anmore Twin Lakes Middle, School District 43 politicians have changed their minds.
On Tuesday, the school board rescinded the name, instead electing to choose Eagle Mountain.
But the decision isn't exactly soaring with Anmore's mayor, Heather Anderson.
She showed up at the school board meeting to ask the board to reconsider a name change to Anmore Middle.
"We really wanted Anmore, it was really important to the Village of Anmore," Anderson told the Tri-Cities NOW on Wednesday, arguing it was important to signify the school is located in Anmore.
While she noted the elementary school is also called Anmore, she said unlike other schools within the district in bigger cities that have names from the various neighbourhoods for which they are located, there is no such option in the small village.
"We worked hard to try and get them to see it from our perspective. I don't understand why it couldn't be named Anmore Middle," Anderson said.
The mayor said she did prefer Eagle Mountain instead of Twin Lakes, adding she's lived in Anmore for more than 40 years and has never heard the area referred to by that name.
The district set up a school-naming committee and requested submissions for a school name along with the rationale behind the choice.
The committee received 40 names in total, and whittled down the number to three.
The final choices were Anmore Middle, Twin Lakes Middle and Eagle Mountain Middle.
The name Anmore was noted for the school's geographical location. The suggestion also came with a letter of support from the village's mayor and council.
Eagle Mountain was suggested in part because it is the mountainous ridge between Buntzen Lake and Coquitlam Lake. It was noted all the students are residents of Eagle Mountain.
Twin Lakes made the final cut due to the school's location near Buntzen and Sasamat lakes.
Board chair Melissa Hyndes is defending the new name of the school.
She said the change came after hearing from residents in both Anmore and Port Moody, the two communities that will be served by the middle school.
Hyndes said the board also decided to rescind the name Twin Lakes after receiving a survey from Moody Middle students who preferred Eagle Mountain.
She said the board considered the presentation by Anmore's mayor, but pointed out the school will have students from both Anmore and Port Moody. Hyndes also suggested Eagle Mountain describes the setting "very well."
She did indicate the naming process would be tweaked in the future to include feedback from students in feeder schools.
The new school in Anmore is set to open in the fall of 2014. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow
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