And while the new school won’t have the words unicorn or panda incorporated into it, the reasons behind other school name suggestions were pretty cute.
The school steering team for the new elementary school put forward a list of recommendations for the school’s name in keeping with the Tri-County Regional School Board’s policy for the naming of schools. Six members of the team met in late spring to receive the names, many of which were submitted by students. The number one choice for the school’s name was Yarmouth Elementary School. It had the most submissions and it was felt the acronym YES sent a strong message.
The name was approved by the school board at its Sept. 5 meeting.
The second choice of the school steering team had been Centre Town School (CTS), with the third choice being Yarmouth Consolidated Elementary School (YCES).
Other names that had been put forward for consideration were:
• Yarmouth Panda Elementary School (YPES)
• Mr. Purdy’s School (MPS)
• K. Langille Academy “One for all, All for one”
• Unicorn Magic (UM)
• Belleview Elementary School (BES)
• Yarmouth Education Elementary/Middle School “The Learn, Create, Kind School” (YEEMS)
When asked for the meaning behind some of the school names, Steve Stoddart, the board’s director of operations read from the submissions.
• Unicorn Magic: “Because the gym will be so big.”
• Yarmouth Panda Elementary School: “This name is appropriate for the school because it’s something new that no one thought of before.”
• Mr. Purdy’s School: “Because he’s the principal of it and he’s a good principal.”
• K. Langille Academy: “In memory of a man who dedicated his life to students in the town of Yarmouth. The academy word meaning higher education for all and all for one meaning a different group of individuals coming together on common ground, working together. This is a great statement especially with the merging of schools.”
• And the reason one of the names included Middle School, it was explained, is because the students would love the new school so much they wouldn’t want to leave and would want to stay longer, Stoddard explained.
Added board chair Michael Drew, “Thank you Mr. Stoddard and before we leave this section I’d like to share vice-chair (Donna) Tidd’s name for it and it would be PUP – Purdy’s Unicorn Panda.”
The new school will house students and staff at Yarmouth Central School, which includes students and staff from the former South Centennial School, which closed at the end of the June 2016 school year.
A tender was recently awarded for the construction of the school. The school is slated to open in September 2019, one year later than had been originally anticipated.
The school will be built on Parade Street, and will incorporate the existing gymnasium that had been part of the former Yarmouth Junior High School. That school closed when a new high school opened on Forest Street.