January 10, 2020
The final level of approval, from the Ministry of Education, is, says the Chair of the GECDSB Board of Trustees, Ron LeClair, "a significant milestone in any school construction project. It allows us to advance projects from concepts to a physical reality."
Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls came to Giles Campus French Immersion P.S. on Friday, January 10 with lots of good news. The Ministry of Education had endorsed the designs and budgets of 3 construction projects - the new school on Mercer Street (which will replace Giles Campus FIPS); Legacy Oak Trail PS (which will replace Prince Andrew PS) and a daycare addition at Essex Public School.
Now the GECDSB can put out tenders for general contractors and get the projects done.
"I can't say we haven't been anxiously awaiting today's announcement," said GECDSB Director of Education Erin Kelly (pictured, right). "This will allow us to move to the next stage of the process."
These 3 projects should be under construction by later this Spring. The GECDSB will soon be presenting a number of other projects to the Ministry for approval. "We're not close to being done. We have more business cases to make and more schools to build," said Director Kelly.