2018 Looks Bright For Catholic School Board

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is looking forward to a productive 2018.

Work continues toward a new Catholic Central High School in downtown Windsor and a new sports field for Holy Names High School is set to open in September.

Board Chair Barb Holland says the board has been able to stash away a $13-million accumulated surplus as enrolment increased, meaning more teachers were hired over the past year.

Holland says this year will see the board bring its International Baccalaureate program to Cardinal Carter High School in Leamington.

Holland also stresses that the board is still focused on bringing Catholic Central to downtown Windsor with a brand new building. ""We are proceeding slowly on that because we want to ensure that it reflects the input of the community. It will happen but, when it happens it's going to be a jewel in that downtown community and it's going to continue the standard of excellence that all the kids there currently enjoy."

Holland says education for First Nations students is taking a more prominent position within the school board. "We've created the position of an Indigenous Education Lead Teacher and we've even teamed up with Greater Essex [County District School Board] to offer Indigenous language programs and we're really happy about that."

Holland adds the board is going to continue to invest in mathematics and numeracy as part of a revised math strategy meant to improve test scores.

- with files from AM800's Rob Hindi