Funding for Cornwall superschool, school additions

AVONMORE – The province has announced nearly $53 million for a future superschool to be built in Cornwall as well as other school builds and renovations.

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack, flanked by school board members and MPP Jim McDonell, made the announcement this morning at Roxmore Public School.

Most of the $52.6 million will be used for building a new Cornwall high school, to house students at CCVS and St. Lawrence Secondary School (SLSS).

Based on the Upper Canada District School Board’s capital works list, that school has a price tag of just over $41 million. A date and location for construction has not been announced.

The balance of the money would be used for other capital projects, such as the $2.6 million permanent addition to Roxmore Public School.

The money solidifies the recommendation to close North Stormont Public School.

What wasn’t on the list was the school board’s plan for a $4.2 million addition for Williamstown Public School.

In March, the UCDSB announced eight school closures and a further four school site closures, subject to provincial funding, across Eastern Ontario.