The Conseil scolaire du Grand Nord and the Algoma County School Board held a groundbreaking Friday for their new joint school project in the heart of the Blind River community.
The project has been approved by the province, which is providing $50.5 million in funding.
In February, the province announced it would pay $36.7 million for that 2018 project.
The school, which Education Minister Stephen Lecce said is state-of-the-art, will welcome students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Specifically, the new school will be able to accommodate 72 French-speaking primary school students.
The building will also increase the number of daycare places available in the community.
The education director of the Conseil scolaire du Grand Nord, Sébastien Fontaine, says that the council
likes to work with Algoma County School Board.
Students have access to modern facilities with innovative learning spaces and are exposed to three languages and cultures – English, French and Ojibwe – working in harmonysaid Lucia Reece, director of education for the Algoma District School Board.
The two school boards already share space in Blind River. White Pines Public School, which opened in 2021, is located in a wing of the WC Eaket English-language secondary school.
In its press release, the Conseil scolaire du Grand Nord states that construction of the new school should begin soon, without giving an opening date.
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