Since 2005 the Greater Essex County District School Board has completed nine new school construction projects at a cost of approximately $150 million.
At the turn of the century, the GECDSB owned the second oldest inventory of school buildings in Ontario.
We have, in the past decade, aggressively pursued a campaign of renewal to improve that standing by designing and building reasonable, sustainable and safe learning and working environments for our students, staff and our community partners.
The initial project undertaken was the replacement of F.W. Begley Public School, a 93 year old building that was deemed "prohibitive to repair" in 2003. The impressive new school, on the same Assumption Street site, has played a vital role in the rejuvenation of its downtown neighbourhood. It opened in March of 2005.
The Begley Public School project was followed, in quick succession, by Talbot Trail, Lakeshore Discovery and Essex public schools.
Dr. David Suzuki Public School, named for Canada's foremost environmental advocate, was constructed with 20 carbon footprint-reducing technologies and has been recognized by the Green Building Council of Canada with L.E.E.D. Platinum status. It is Canada's greenest school!
The architecturally significant facade was preserved in a creative rebuild of John Campbell Public School. A classroom, music room and the main foyer were all restored to original 1926 condition while the rest of the school was completely updated structurally and environmentally.
It had been more than 40 years since a new public secondary school had been built in Windsor and Essex County, until Tecumseh Vista Academy was constructed in 2010. More than just a high school, though. Vista, as it's become known, is a K-12 school community, the first of its kind for the Greater Essex County District School Board.
See the list in the left-hand margin of this page for information about our current new school construction projects.