Readers have plenty of suggestions for new school's name

School District 60 is looking for public input on a name for the new Northeast Elementary School, and readers have no shortage of ideas from the sensible to the humorous for trustees to consider.

Here's a few we've plucked from comments on Facebook:

"Anne Young, the first registered nurse in the district, sometimes rode to deliver babies in temperatures as low as minus 70." — Morley Wigglesworth 

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"Pioneer School, gets all the pioneers including the Beatons and many others, although I like the Anne Young idea she delivered my brother." — Eva Beaton 

"Mathews School, in honour of Anneo Mathews who sold lots for nothing down and a dollar a month to anyone who wanted a lot. That's how Anneofield became a village. Her son Wendel did the same for the area around Mathews Park. Both areas later were a taken in by Fort St. John. They contributed a lot to the area." — Donna Folk Mathews 

"Ross H MacLean - he has done so much for the youth of this town." — Wendy Daneluk 

"Let free market decide, who will pay the most money for naming rights! Encana, Pepsi, whoever will reduce tax burden the most." — Daniel Martin 

"Alaska Highway Elementary School." — Dean L. Gladue 

"Aurora Elementary." — Maureen Stevenson

"Last Chance Children's Ranch." — Dale Leier 

"Mile 47 Elementary School." — Lisa Marie Fraik 

"Monica Storrs. She was instrumental in starting the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts in this area. She also invited out of town kids to live with her at her home 'the Abbey' so they could attend school. The little church she built is on the Museum grounds. The Peace River Diaries of Monica Storrs is in the Museum." — Marilyn Meachem Torwalt 

"Surerus Middle School." — Chuck Skinner

"The Derek Zoolander Center For Children Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too." — Laura Barber 

Got a suggestion?

Email it to by Nov. 30 at 12 p.m.

Criteria includes geographic areas, or persons of recognized historic, cultural, or social significance. The names of any person will only be considered if they have been dead for at least five years.

Trustees will vote on the name of the new school.

The two-storey, $31.1-million school will have seats for 505 students, and include a neighbourhood learning centre, a daycare, and multi-purpose spaces for community use.

Work got underway this summer, and is planned to be complete and ready for students in fall 2020. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at

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