new three-storey public school building under construction on Church
Street N, will continue to be called Alliston Union when it opens next
AUPS name to live on at new school
Alliston Union Public School (AUPS) name will
follow its staff and students over to the replacement school when it
opens next September on Church Street North.
Retaining the school's original name was a unanimous decision of the
ad-hoc naming committee, and supported by 80 per cent or 199 of the 248
votes cast by anonymous ballot among members of the AUPS community. The
recommendation has been forwarded to the school board for approval.
William Fletcher Public School, (first white settler in Alliston,
Sidney P. Owen Public School (long time principal at Banting Memorial
High School), were the other two slections on the short-list.
The ad-hoc naming committee, which is a requirement of the Board when a
new or replacement school is built, spent the past month canvassing
suggestions school newsletters, Synrevoice, the board website, the
school website, and the local media. Input was received from parents,
students, community members and staff. The report notes six school name
suggestions were received.
"The original Alliston Union Public School was named as a 'union
school.' It was inclusive of the community and included both the public
and high school students until Banting Memorial High School was built,"
according to John Legere, Superintendent of Education. "The committee
decided that Alliston Union Public School's name should carry on the
tradition and heritage of a 'union school,' inclusive of all, for which
the school was originally intended."
The current building on Albert Street was built in 1968. Its
replacement is a a three-storey, $10 million facility at 211 Church St.
N. It can accommodate 507 students, will cover 2.4 hectares, will
include on-site parking for 81 vehicles, and space for six portable
classrooms when required.