Fraser River chosen for school name

Design of proposed new administrative offices for the New Westminster school district. -
Design of proposed new administrative offices for the New Westminster school district.
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Fraser River Middle School has been confirmed as the name for the new school to be built on the site where John Robson elementary currently exists.

The New Westminster board of education unanimously approved the choice at its meeting on Tuesday.

A committee struck by the board had recommended last year the new school keep the John Robson name. But trustees shot it down because they wanted to maintain consistency in naming the city's middle schools after their location and not people. In addition, Robson, a former B.C. premier who represented New Westminster, had a reputation for being anti-Chinese.

Fraser River narrowly edged out West Side Middle School in a community survey as the top choice for the new name.

Construction of the new school is expected to begin in April. Crews are to Robson's existing portable classrooms to the playing field during the two-week spring break that begins this weekend. Classes will continue until the end of the school year while construction begins.

The old Robson site will be demolished this summer and the students transferred to the new Qayqayt elementary school on Royal Avenue to begin classes in September.

A new district administrative office building is also to be built on a separate site beside the new school by Yellowridge Design Build, the same company that is building Qayqayt elementary and Fraser River middle school.

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