UCDSB Recieves 1.6M From Province For Brockville School

The public school board says they continue to wait on the city’s decision to move ahead with a new twin-pad arena, as they secure over a million dollars to build a new elementary school on the old Phillips Cable site.

Upper Canada District School Board Education Director Stephen Silwa says the board will use the $1.6-million to purchase the land needed to build the school on, and start initial stages.

"That helps us to continue to move along with purchasing the property, preparing the site for construction and the applying the future dollars to the building of the school itself," he explains.

It's part of a larger project alongside the city of Brockville, which hopes to include a twin-pad arena. Silwa says the wait doesn't affect the board’s goal of building their facility. They understand Brockville City Council has its own process.

"No doubt about it when we can co-locate services, it enhances the value of what we're each doing," he says. "We trust that the city continues to work on their focus and timelines and we try to keep each other up to date."

The school, which will hold 500 students, hopes to be fully constructed by September of 2020.

The money comes from the provincial government, and Silwa says he's pleased.

"We're really delighted that the provincial government is supportive of this."

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