Several school projects moving forward

Construction work at Sarnia's new Great Lakes Secondary School. 6 January 2020. (BlackburnNews.com photo by Colin Gowdy)

The Ministry of Education has approved tenders for several construction projects in the area.

A $59 million tender to build a new JK-12 school in Kingsville was recently approved. The new school on Jasperson Drive will have 1,798 student spaces and 98 child care spaces.

“This is an exciting project for us, for Kingsville and the surrounding communities. We are very appreciative of the Government of Ontario for their support that will allow us to provide everyone with the best school possible,” said Director of Education Erin Kelly, with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The GECDSB also received approval on the tender to build a $33.5 million elementary school in Tecumseh. The new North Shore French Immersion School will replace the DM Eagle Public School. Tecumseh Town Council approved a site plan control agreement for the project at its meeting Tuesday night.

The new school will have 651 student spaces and four child care rooms. The school will be located at 13800 Tecumseh Road East.

Finally, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has been given approval for an addition to St. Louis Catholic elementary school.

The $6.2 million addition will create 147 students spaces and three new child care rooms.

“Leamington is a growing community, and the increased child care spaces and additional classrooms will certainly help accommodate those families in the area who choose Catholic education for their children,” said WECDSB Director of Education Emelda Byrne.