In June, 2007 MPP Pat Hoy announced, on behalf of the Provincial Government, a grant of $10.7 million to renovate 80% of Leamington District Secondary School. At that time the school was 55 years old and had been declared Prohibitive to Repair* by the Ministry of Education.
Plans were made, designs created, meetings held and ideas were shared. But no one was satisfied with this partial solution.
In 2009 the Board approached the Ministry with a new business plan and 2 years later an announcement was made that $26 million would be made available to completely rebuild the school.
In order to reduce the disruption to students, it was decided by the Board that a different site for the new building would be preferable and in March 2013, it was revealed that a 19.5 acre site on Oak St. West, near the Sherk Athletic Complex had been conditionally purchased. Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Helga Bailey was joined by School Council Chair Lily DiCiocco and Student Prime Minister Chris Adams at the event to announce the property acquisition. (pictured - right)
Once the project's design phase has been completed, a general contractor will be selected and work is expected to begin a short time later.