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New High School Name
NEWS RELEASE                    
Greater Essex County District School Board 451 Park Street West, Windsor ON N9A 6K1
519-255- 3200
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2013
Contact: Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury
Phone: 519-255-3200 ext. 10224
 
 
 Welcome to Westview Freedom Academy
- Board names west-side high school -
 
The GECDSB’s newest secondary school will be known as Westview Freedom Academy. Trustees approved the name at their regular monthly Board meeting on December 10th.
 
Westview Freedom Academy will be a comprehensive secondary school for Windsor’s west-side located at the current Century Secondary School site (1375 California). Century and J.L. Forster Secondary School will both close in June.
 
Following a call for submissions and community consultation, the name was developed from the ideas which were suggested. Students and community members expressed a great deal of pride with their connection to the west-side of the city and wanted that acknowledged in the name. “Freedom” was suggested to accentuate the community’s role, as explained by Shukri Abdulle, a Grade 11 student at Forster, “a place that people have come to escape tyranny and fear”, which dates back to the Underground Railroad and continues with many immigrants today.
 
Students will play a part in the creation of the new school’s identity; it’s nickname, mascot, colours and slogan. Westview Freedom Academy will open in September 2014. Mrs. Kristie Sweet has been named the school’s first Principal.
 
For more information contact Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury @ 519-255-3200 ext. 10224 or 519-995-5797.