Earlier this year the board entered into a process to rename the new school at the Kelly Road site that will open this September. Following a presentation from Lheidli T’enneh chief and elders, the district sought to either rename the school Shas Ti or incorporate the name into Kelly Road.
The decision has sparked a tremendous outcry in the community with 68 per cent of the 2,700 respondents to a school district questionnaire stating they don’t want the name changed at all. And that will be one of the options trustees may discuss.
Trustee Sharel Warrington will bring forward a motion to keep the Kelly Road name and “that the board support the leaders and elders of the Lheidli T’enneh together with the students and staff of Kelly Road to begin a process on ways to incorporate the ancestral ways the Lheidli T’enneh, the ancestral history of Shas Ti, and the Dakelh within, around, and on the outside of the newly constructed replacement school.”
At the other end of the spectrum, trustee Betty Bekkering will bring forward a motion to name the school Shas Ti and that the staff and students embark on a process to incorporate the history of Kelly Road into the new school.
Trustee Trent Derrick will bring forward a motion to rename the school Shas Ti and name the gymnasium the Kelly Road Gym.
Trustee Ron Polillo will bring forward a recommendation to rename the school Kelly Road Shas Ti Secondary.
“By combining the names in the new school, this will tell both stories and legacies of Kelly Road and Shas Ti,” he wrote in the rationale for his motion. “As we read in the engagement survey, it was very important for the 2,700-plus respondents to honour both legacies and come together as a community to move forward in a positive and respectful way.”
He said the combined name was specifically suggested in the engagement survey and that it had considerable support.
The board will meet April 28 to make a decision on the name.