Permanent addition for St. Mary – St. Cecilia

The four portables at St. Mary- St. Cecilia Catholic School in Morrisburg will be replaced with a permanent addition to the existing school. 

This project, part of an Ontario government announcement made January 17.

The Ministry of Education announced that Ontario is building and renovating 87 schools across the province.

Thirty-nine new schools are being built and another 48 are receiving additions or retrofits. Ontario is investing $700 million in these projects.

“We are making the necessary investments in our schools to ensure that our students have safe, modern and accepting places to learn and grow,” said Minister of Education Laurel Broten. “Investing in our schools is critical to helping every student reach his or her full potential and succeed.”

Along with replacing the school portables at St. Mary-St. Cecilia, the addition to the school will also support the government’s full day kindergarten program.

“As Catholic educators, we strive every day to deliver the best possible Catholic education for our students. These facility upgrades will help achieve that goal and be a positive contributing factor to student success for many years to come,” said Wm. J. Gartland, director of education with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. 

“The need for these additions is a positive statement about enrolment in these schools, and it is appropriate for us to move ahead and build permanent classrooms to meet the needs of our students,” said Brent Laton, board chair.

The CDSBEO will also get an addition to replace portables at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place.

As part of the same government announcement, the Upper Canada District School Board will get funding for new elementary schools in Cornwall and Kemptville.

In Cornwall, East Front Public School and Gladstone Public School will be replaced with one, new school. Kemptville Public School, which is currently using space in the former North Grenville District High School to accommodate its grades 4-6 students, will be replaced with a new school. 

“We have been waiting for this funding for some time, so we are grateful for the approval,” said UCDSB trustee David McDonald.

The UCDSB projects are each anticipated to be 420 pupil places in size and cost approximately $8.5 million. UCDSB officials speculate that the new schools will open in January 2016. 

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