Petition protesting name change delivered

Writer says 600+ name petition delivered to Gold Trail school district asking them to reconsider new K-12 name.

Dear Editor

I agree, whole-heartedly, with the view expressed by Mike Baldwin in his letter to last week’s paper.

Ashcroft has surrendered one of its schools, much to the regret of the community; and now, on the whim of seven (elected) trustees, it is being told that it is surrendering its identity. That is not acceptable.

On Monday, June 22, Trish Lambert and I delivered a petition signed by more than 600 people to the School District office, asking the (elected) Board to re-visit the re-naming of the Ashcroft school.

The process behind the original decision was totally inadequate (one of the school secretaries was not even aware of a drop-box for votes/suggestions). I recall in my term as trustee for the Village of Ashcroft, raising the question of a name for the ‘new’ school, when the initial closure was discussed. For it to be presented, for decision within a couple of weeks, is, it seems to me, arrogant at best.

Our Ashcroft school deserves its heritage. Let’s make sure we ensure that its heritage continues.

Christopher Roden


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