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School board jumps back into the frying pan, asks for help naming Lake Country middle school

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September 11, 2018 - 11:19 AM

LAKE COUNTRY - The Central Okanagan School Board is again inviting the public to help name a school, this time a new middle school in Lake Country.

Last time the board asked for suggestions in 2017, they were besieged with nonsensical names in the tradition of Boaty McBoatface, the now-famous British research vessel that's name was chosen using an online poll. In that 2016 case, embarrassed officials were forced to nullify the results of the poll, instead naming it after naturalist Sir David Attenborough (although they did give the name to a remotely-operated sub-sea vehicle aboard the bigger ship).

For the record, the local school board chose Canyon Falls as the name for the new 700-seat middle school in the Mission overruling some other popular suggestions.

The $36-million school for grades six through eight is scheduled to open in the South Ridge area in September 2019.

In the press release announcing the naming survey, the school board gives no indication they will ultimately decide the name themselves, as they did with Canyon Falls.

Similar in size, the new Lake Country middle school won’t begin construction until spring 2019.

You can submit your suggestions here until Sept. 28.

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