ugg baby slippers New Amherstburg high school to be built in Centennial Park
With General Amherst at the centre of the town for more than a century, there was some symmetry in Amherstburg council decision Monday to sell a portion of Centennial Park for the site of a new high school to replace it.
The new 819 student public school will be an amalgamation of General Amherst and Western secondary schools. The $24.3 million facility is scheduled to be open for September 2020.
Greater Essex County District School Board trustees last week approved the $2.4 million purchase of the required 15 acres of the park total 27 acres of land. Western and General Amherst will be declared surplus to the board needs.
great news for the town, said Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo. about as central as it can get in the town.
have significant population growth with seniors coming to the town, but you want a mix, and to attract younger families you need schools. said the deal wasn a land swap involving the current site of General Amherst, but he declined to reveal the value of the sale. The other potential site considered was the Libro Centre.
The footprint of the school will be located at Centennial Park southern end where the tennis courts, a ball diamond, batting cage and outdoor pool are now located. A portion of the football field will also be used.
tennis courts and ball diamond and any other recreational activities affected will be relocated to the Libro Centre, DiCarlo said.
The next step for the board is the design phase, which will take 12 months. Construction should begin in about a year from now. Thompson Architects Ltd. has been chosen to lead the project.
One of the factors swaying the board decision to opt for Centennial Park was the location, offering many students the opportunity to still walk to school.
central location was a big factor in choosing this site, said Erin Kelly, the public board director of education.
a nice piece of property with a proximity to downtown. We have about the same number students bussed as we do now (280 pupils).
would had to bus a substantial number more to the other site. That another cost. added that the board had done extensive consultations with the municipality and surveyed residents about what they wanted to see in the school.
excited because it the location that was preferred, Kelly said. listened to the community input.
was a real pleasure to work with the town to make this happen. is particularly pleased that the vocational concept used at Western will be folded into the new school for those students.
a high school is excellent but adding new students from Western is like hitting the jackpot, DiCarlo said.
an absolute draw for the town. I know families have moved here because their kids are going to go to Western. LeClair, vice chair of the board of trustees, said the board can now design the programming the community would like to see in the school.
going to try as much as we can to maintain the programming and educational supports already at Western, LeClair said.
looking at machine shop, cosmetology, automotive, wood shop I like to see robotics if that possible.
think it going to result in enhanced opportunities for both Western and General Amherst students. said the new high school will be the anchor in a community hub concept the town envisions around Centennial Park.
Town officials are currently negotiating to buy neighbouring St. Bernard Catholic elementary school from the Windsor Essex Catholic School Board for use as a community centre.
want to add programming for our growing seniors population, and one of the things we like to do is integrate the young and the old, DiCarlo said. think this location can benefit everyone. for what the future holds for the current General Amherst site, DiCarlo said not much talk has taken place on that topic among town officials.
A baseball diamond at Amherstburg’s Centennial Park, more than half of which town council Monday night approved selling to the public school board for a new high school.