Rocky View Schools board of trustees approves names for Airdrie's new schools
The two new Airdrie schools set to open in 2014 now have names thanks to unanimous decisions made by the Rocky View Schools (RVS) board of trustees at a special meeting held on Oct. 3.
In the fall of 2012 a “Name the School Competition” was announced and a total of 28 submissions for were received for both new schools.
On Sept. 30, 2013, an RVS Naming Committee comprised of local Trustee Don Thomas, four parents and five Airdrie high school students met to review the submissions and narrowed them down to two possible choices for both schools.
For the new high school, currently under construction on the corner of Yankee Valley Boulevard and Chinook Winds Drive, the choices were: W.H. Croxford High School and C.W. Perry High School.
Ultimately the board chose to select W.H. Croxford High School because Croxford was one of Airdrie’s early settlers.
RVS Director of Facility Planning John Wheatley said the name was selected by the Naming Committee because like A.E. Bowers, Croxford represents one of the early pioneers of the city, though not much is known about his life.
The names selected for the new middle school, located off First Avenue and Sagewood Boulevard, were: C.W. Perry School and Fowler School.
The board chose the name C.W. Perry School because of his and his family’s roots in the area.
Clement W. Perry was a pioneer of the Anglican Diocese of Calgary. Born in England, he came to Calgary in 1902 and shortly after began a homestead near Balzac.
Perry married in 1911 and had three sons with his wife Lucy, two of whom participated in local government: one with RVS and one with the County of Rocky View. Perry passed away in 1971.
RVS policy states the following criteria must be used when selecting a school name:
• It must have a significance for the students, parents and community, and reflect the 21st Century vision of RVS,
• It must be easily identifiable with the facility
• It should create a distinct identity relative to the names of other facilities in RVS or the surrounding divisions,
• The name should consider prominent community members only posthumously (minimum of 10 years),
• It should consider long-term impacts to naming of future facilities in the community,
• The name must avoid specifying programs and/or grade configurations to provide for maximum flexibility in the future.
Both schools are expected to open in September 2014.