The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) is pleased to announce that its new school in Espanola, Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School, will welcome students on Thursday, September 9.
“This is such an exciting time for the Sacred Heart school community. We have a beautiful new school which we are so blessed to present to our students, families and staff,” said Sacred Heart Principal, Syndy Withers.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling I have when I’m in the school. I am sure our students will be just as impressed,” added Withers.
The new Sacred Heart School will provide a state-of-the-art learning and working environment.
Amenities include a chapel and gymnasium that will be shared with La Renaissance K-12 school of the Conseil scholaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario. The school also boasts modern climate control systems, kindergarten rooms with self-contained washrooms and outdoor play areas.
Safety is also a priority at the new Sacred Heart School. A secure bus loading and unloading area, a separate parent drop off zone and enhanced security features both inside and outside the school are designed to ensure a safe environment for students and staff.
“We are very pleased to see this project come to fruition and appreciate the collaborative efforts of our coterminous board during this process. We hope that the new Sacred Heart School will become a community focal point in Espanola,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, Rose Burton Spohn.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in delays in construction of the $25.2 million project which began in the spring of 2018. The almost 80,000 square foot building includes a daycare facility.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, access to the school will initially be limited to students, staff and essential visitors.
A grand opening for both schools will take place on Thursday, October 7, 2021