The construction of two new Espanola Catholic schools was officially launched Monday, June 18. Numerous dignitaries, students, school staff and community members gathered on the future site of the schools to highlight the beginning of this much-anticipated project.
“This is great news for our students, our staff and the community of Espanola at large. The new facility will enhance the learning experience for all students, both English and French,” added Mr. John Caputo, Chair of the HSCDSB.
The new building, which will be located on the current Sacred Heart School and former St-Louis de France Catholic Church properties, will house a French-language school (kindergarten to grade 12) operated by the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO) and an English-language school (kindergarten to grade 8) operated by the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB). The shared site, with its two distinct schools, will welcome students from Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School, École Saint-Joseph and École secondaire catholique Franco-Ouest in the fall of 2020. The site will also include 50 daycare spaces in each school.
This $25.2 million project, funded by the Ministry of Education, is the result of a request made by the Ministry of Education to the school boards in Espanola to work together in addressing student accommodation needs in the area. The goal here is to maximize the use of space while ensuring that all students continue to have access to the best programming possible in quality school facilities.
“The joint project will enhance Catholic education in Espanola while ensuring that linguistic differences are respected,” said Mr. André Bidal, President of the CSCNO. “We are happy to see it come to fruition and excited to welcome all of our Francophone students, from kindergarten to grade 12, in a single institution of learning where they can study and grow together.”