A magnificent autumn afternoon was made more glorious with a special announcement in front of the century-old General Amherst High School in Amherstburg. "A new school is exciting and can revitalize a community. It can create a host of possibilities for everyone." Trustee Ron LeClair told the gathering of students, staff and municipal officials.
LeClair, who represents the communities of LaSalle and Amherstburg, was responding to good news for both municipalities.
The Ministry of Education has approved construction grants to allow the GECDSB to build a new Prince Andrew Public School in LaSalle and a new high school in Amherstburg which will consolidate the GAHS and Western SS communities.
Director of Education Erin Kelly made the official announcement, "We will receive a grant of $9 million to replace Prince Andrew with a new building for 432 students from JK to Grade 8. The Ministry of Education has acknowledged that the current building requires a great deal of necessary improvements and does not meet our future needs."
"The ministry also approved $24 million to build a new high school for 819 students in Amherstburg. It will be a consolidation of the current General Amherst and Western school communities, which was a recommendation by our Board of Trustees in 2015."
Work is underway to secure locations for the new schools. The design phase, which will include consultation with students, staff and the communities will take about a year before the project is tendered for construction. Once the work starts it usually takes 14-16 months to build a new school.