Education Minister Applauds Catholic Board During Tour of New School

A high profile visitor to the construction site of the new St .Teresa of Calcutta Catholic elementary school in Windsor.

Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter toured the site of the $8-million building which is slated to open in October.

"It is a little bit behind schedule, we were anticipating it will be open for September 1st but we have had some delays with weather related circumstances so we are hopeful that around October 1st, it should be ready for students to move in," says Board Spokesperson Stephen Fields.

Minister Hunter applauded the board for consolidating students from three schools, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Jules and St. Bernard, into the one on Meldrum Rd, which saves money.

St. Teresa will be a Jk to Gr 6 school and the Grades 7 and 8's will go to Corpus Christi School.


Minister Hunter in Windsor. August 2017 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Fields says an important key element of the new school is using the facade and other elements from the former St .Bernard.

"That is really important in order to preserve the heritage of the former building. We recently had a closing ceremony for people form the school community to come to St. Bernard and relive the past so the heritage of that school is really really important."

Minister Hunter says it was nice to walk through the space and to see the thoughtfulness of the planning for the new school.

The capacity for the new school is about 550 students.

The reconstruction will use the existing limestone, actual stone crosses and upper statues into the new school.

From there, Minister Hunter visited Dr. David Suzuki Public School to meet with students in the Focus on Youth Program.