New West school district updates its image

The New Westminster school district has a new look.

After months of back and forth over designs, fonts and colours, trustees unanimously approved a new logo for the district this week.

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Trustee Mark Gifford called the new design a “massive improvement” over the previous design, which was a group of children holding hands made to look like a crown.

The new design, created by Margot McLaren art & design, is shaped like a circle with a “Hyack” orange bridge on top and green land on the bottom. Inside are three waves, meant to represent the three levels of education offered in the district, which flow out of the circle to the right.

Trustee Casey Cook noted the waves bring to mind children and their journey through the district, eventually graduating and beginning their own journeys outside of the school system.

“There’s a whole bunch of symbolism there, and I think it’s wonderful,” Cook said.

Trustees and staff agreed the new look and new name, “New Westminster Schools” rather than “School District No. 40,” is an important part of the new direction the district is headed and its goal of becoming an inclusive community for all its students.

“I like it, and I know what it stands for, and it’s great and I think it’s important to share that,” Cook said.

The final cost for the new logo hasn’t been confirmed yet, but superintendent Pat Duncan told the Record he expects it’ll be somewhere in the range of $3,200.

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