Upper Canada District School Board vice-chair and Cornwall trustee David MacDonald.
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Upper Canada District School Board has purchased 10 acres of land that will be used to build a new 400-student elementary school to replace the ageing East Front and Gladstone public schools.
Trustees approved a motion at their regular meeting in Brockville to purchase land from the City of Cornwall and a private landowner at a total cost of $775,000, said Jeremy Hobbs, chief information and facilities officer with the board.
The land is located at the southeast corner of Marleau Avenue and Nick Kaneb Drive.
Cornwall trustee David McDonald said he was excited the project is moving forward and will establish the four-school elementary system for the city originally envisioned by the board more than a decade ago.
While there were other priorities for the board in school construction, McDonald said he is gratified to see the project coming together.
“It’s been 10 years and this is definitely a highlight of my political career,” said McDonald. “I am excited to get started. This is a good thing for Cornwall and a good thing for the students at East Front and Gladstone who are looking forward to having a new building in the near future.”
The Ministry of Education has approved funding for construction and PBK Architects of Cornwall will be handling the design of the new school.
The amount of provincial funding secured for the project is not being disclosed to protect the integrity of the tendering process, said Hobbs.
East Front, located on Montreal Road, was originally built in 1934, with additions in 1954 and 1991. Gladstone, located on McConnell Avenue, was built in 1954.
The project is at the design stage. No name has yet been chosen for the school. Following approval of the designs, the project will go to tender to choose a general contractor. The tentative opening date is September 2016.