New Catholic Central to be kindergarten to Grade 12
Move would likely close Immaculate Conception elementary school on Victoria Avenue
The new Catholic Central school, to built on the Windsor Arena property, will house students from kindergarten through Grade 12.
The move would more than likely mean Immaculate Conception elementary school on Victoria Avenue will close.
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board executive superintendent of business, Mario Iatonna, said the board will conduct community consultation with parents there to see if they would be interested in moving into the new school, should it be built.
"All we have right now is an offer from the city to donate the land. The ministry has not approved any money," Iatonna said.
The City of Windsor has offered the property to the board for the cost of $1.
Iatonna said "the rule of thumb" is to acquire one acre of property per 100 students.
There are approximately 800 students enrolled at Catholic Centre. The city is giving approximately seven acres, including a parking lot across the street from the arena.
Iatonna said the board will make it work. Building a two-story school may be part of the solution.
"There needs to be an opportunity to go school in that neighbourhood. We need to service every area of the city and county," Iatonna said.
He said the current Catholic Central community has "embraced the site." The only other Catholic elementary school in the area is St. Angela on Elsmere, south of Giles Avenue.
"It’s the reality we’re facing in urban areas, given the enrolment decline. It just makes sense to locate all the students in one facility," Iatonna said.
Iatonna said Ontario's Ministry of Education has asked for enhanced business plan for the school.