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Name change coming to Beattie as Kamloops schools amalgamate

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February 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A pair of schools will be getting new names when the two campuses combine to form one school this fall.

Students at Stuart Woods Elementary, which is closing at the end of this school year, will be moving to the Beattie School of Arts campus on McGill Road. Supt. Karl deBruijn says that school will be renamed McGill Elementary.

“The decision was to rename the Beattie school to McGill Elementary, which is consistent with the current board policy to name schools after their geographic location,” deBruijn says.

The elementary students at the McGill campus of Beattie School of Arts will move down to join the secondary school Beattie School of Arts JP campus on Ninth Avenue. The Beattie School of Arts name will be dropped and the Kindergarten to Grade 12 school will be known as the Kamloops School of the Arts.

School board chair Denise Harper says the names were chosen using community feedback and by following policy.

“The process we went through is the community was asked to give input. They gave a number of suggestions,” Harper says. “Trustees looked at our policy and looked at the suggestions and the most logical.”

Harper says there was some debate about whether the name should include academy instead of school and arts versus fine arts.

“It would be the only academy in the district and felt that for conformity naming it a school rather than an academy made sense,” she says.

She says there was also concern from the elementary students they would have to wear uniforms if the went to an academy.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Brendan Kergin at or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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