Name possibilities narrowed down for new Milton school


Published March 7, 2022 at 3:10 pm

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The Halton District School Board (HDSB) has narrowed down the name possibilities for a new school coming to Milton.

From Jan. 3 to Feb. 4, 2022, members of the community were encouraged to submit name suggestions for a school coming to 1385 Kovachik Blvd. in southwest Milton, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

As of now, the name of the new school has been narrowed down to five possibilities, each with a specific meaning.

According to the HDSB, a total of 1,028 name suggestions were submitted for the school, including approximately 350 unique names.

When the HDSB reviewed the name suggestions, they viewed it as an opportunity to celebrate a renowned person of historical significance to the Halton community and honour an individual whose contribution to society or humanity is recognized and valued across Canada.

The top five names include Dr. D.H. Aikenhead, in honour of Dr. Donald Aikenhead, who was a family physician in Milton for over 40 years, delivered thousands of babies in Milton and was the Chief of Staff at Milton District Hospital.

The next name on the shortlist is J. Michael Ledwith, which would honour James Michael “Mike” Ledwith, who was a business owner and community leader in Milton. For more than six decades, he operated a small grocery store called “Ledwith’s Food Market.” Ledwith also served as Mayor in Milton’s Centennial year (1957), was active in the Milton Rotary Club for more than 60 years and served on both the Milton hospital board and Milton School Board.

Milton Meadows, Rattlesnake Point and Milton Village are the three remaining names on the shortlist that honour different landmarks in the town.

Trustees are set to choose the final name at a regular board meeting on Mar. 23.

The selected name will then be announced in a news release and posted on the HDSB website as well as social media.

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