Old Gen­eral Vanier be­comes new Sa­cred Heart Let’s Cel­e­brate

Seaway News - - Opinion -

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Classes will be in ses­sion on Sept. 4 for 354 regis­tered stu­dents at the new Sa­cred Heart in the old Gen­eral Vanier build­ing.

In March, The Catholic Dis­trict School Board of Eastern On­tario (CDSBEO) pur­chased the build­ing for $3 mil­lion as part of an ex­change with the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board ( UCDSB) for the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Catholic School build­ing. After ren­o­va­tions, the school amounted to a $5.2 mil­lion price tag.

“It was a beau­ti­ful part­ner­ship that be­gan,” said Natalie Cameron, Su­per­in­ten­dent of School Ef­fec­tive­ness for CDSBEO.

Ac­cord­ing to Cameron, the plan­ning process started in March and con­struc­tion of the Gen­eral Vanier build­ing com­menced in May. In June, St. Colum­ban’s Catholic School closed its doors to amal­ga­mate stu­dents to the new Sa­cred Heart.

“It’s go­ing to be a won­der­ful and beau­ti­ful school, and a great op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents in our board,” said Cameron.

The ju­nior kin­der­garten to grade six school will con­sist of 23 teach­ers and mul­ti­ple sup­port staff, in­clud­ing teach­ing as­sis­tants and early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors.

Cameron and her col­leagues are ex­cited to make the new school their new home next week. “It’s a state of the art fa­cil­ity,” said Cameron. The school cre­ated and ren­o­vated four new ju­nior kin­der­garten and se­nior kin­der­garten class­rooms. They also ren­o­vated spe­cial­ity rooms, in­clud­ing a tech-savvy learn­ing com­mon room and a cod­ing and ro­bot­ics room. There is also a very large, fully equipped gym­na­sium, a mu­sic room, a large out­door play area with fenc­ing and play struc­tures and an au­di­to­rium. Each class­room also has smart boards and white boards. The build­ing is also fully ac­ces­si­ble for dif­fer­ently abled stu­dents with spe­cific mo­bil­ity needs.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to wel­come our ex­ist­ing St. Colum­ban’s and Sa­cred Heart fam­i­lies, as well as our new fam­i­lies to our state of the art fa­cil­ity,” said Cameron. Go to www.corn­wallsea­waynews.com for the rest of this great story PLUS ad­di­tional SN cov­er­age.

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