Catholic Board Ready To Welcome Students

New facilities, programs and teaching positions are going to make it a bright school year for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.

That's according to Director of Education Terry Lyons. He says staff has already been brushing up through professional development training to gear up for the first day of school Tuesday.

Numbers can't be confirmed until the doors open, but Lyons tells AM800 News enrollment projections are looking good this fall.

"We're anticipating very strong enrollment numbers so our staff will have no layoffs and we'll be able to move forward," he says. "We might even be in a hiring position."

Villanova, St. Annes, and Holy Names will now boast Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or "STEM", academies.

Lyons says a few more exciting changes are on the way this fall thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education.

"We've got new student success intermediate transition teachers, we have two teachers that will transition grade sevens and eights going into high school," says Lyons. "The ministry has also funded a new early years lead teacher position, playing the important roll with our primary teachers creating the most conducive learning environment for our young students."

Christ the King's Kindergarten area received a face lift over the summer, but Lyons says the new $1.8 million field and six-lane track at Holy Names is something everyone in the region will get to enjoy.

"Our community partners will be able to use the facilities on weekends and at night when the school board isn't using it," he says. "All together it's a great thing for our community and it's a great thing for our students and our staff."

Sex education has been a hot topic of discussion since the PC's took control on the provincial level — Lyons says the board will follow the mandate set out by the ministry.

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— with files from AM800's Peter Langille.