Public meeting at Tecumseh Public School. February 23, 2017. (Photo by Paul Pedro)

Tecumseh Name Remains Top Choice For Consolidated School

The results are in and it looks like Tecumseh Public School in Chatham will be keeping its name — again.

After gathering feedback from the public, the committee that’s in charge of making a recommendation to the Lambton-Kent District School Board (LDKSB) is suggesting that the building keep its current name — even after students from John N. Given Public School move over there in 2018.

The committee says it is making the suggestion for three main reasons:

1) Tecumseh is the name of the previous high school — as well as one of the two elementary schools on the consolidated site (along with John N. Given Public School)

2) Tecumseh is recognized for making a significant contribution to society in the district, the province and the country and a monument is dedicated to him in Chatham-Kent

3) Tecumseh is also used to identify a local park and a historical parkway along the Thames River

The recommendation still needs approval from the LKDSB, which is expected to take place at a board meeting in Chatham Tuesday night.

LKDSB Superintendent of Education Gary Girardi previously told Blackburn News that it could still be possible to name a portion of the school after John N. Given.