The site of the new, public high school in Amherstburg is officially a construction zone, as of November 13, 2020.
Fortis Construction has begun preparation work to build the $24 million school. It's anticipated to be done in the summer of 2022 for opening to staff and students in September, 2022.
A small ceremony was held to mark to commencement of the work, on the former location of Centennial Park. It included representatives from Western Secondary and General Amherst High, the 2 schools that will come together to form this new school community as well as officials from the GECDSB, J.P. Thomson Architects, Fortis and Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.
"We were extremely fortunate to have the interest and cooperation of the municipality," said GECDSB Board Chairperson Ron LeClair (pictured, right). "It did not take us long to agree that this site was the best place available to put the school."
General Amherst HS student Prime Minister Abby Droulliard was joined by sisters Gabby and Sierra Dorey, students at Western Secondary School to unveil a marker (pictured, above-left) which acknowledges the merger of the 2 schools into one at this new site.
"In less than 2 years," Trustee LeClair told the gathering, "we will be opening this new school that will serve students, staff and the community with the same distinction that General Amherst and Western have."