Consolidated high schools have new name—Great Lakes Secondary

Trustees give nod to committee choice, although with little enthusiasm

It may have “Great” in its name, but there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm around the table. Still, Lambton Kent District School Board trustees gave their approval (in a 5-4 recorded vote) for the new name for the combined high schools affected by the decision to consolidate Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School and St. Clair Secondary.

So Great Lakes Secondary School it is, with students, who return to school September 6, doing so at the former SCITS building, then scheduled to move a year to a renovated former St. Clair site.

Officials say they expect news on two grant applications made to the province, including a $16-million request for renovations (a $30-million “new school” option was also proffered), sometime in October.

Paul Wiersma, principal of the new school, has said an identity committee for Great Lakes Secondary School is working on mascots and colours.

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