An official ground-breaking ceremony was held in Schumacher Tuesday afternoon for the new English public school board office.
The new building, comprising nearly 19,000 square feet, will be constructed on the site of the old District School Board Ontario North East (DSBONE) office that burned down last summer, on Croatia Avenue in Schumacher.
â€œConstruction will begin immediately and it will be about a year before the new board building is built,â€ said DSBONE board chair Doug Shearer at the ceremony Tuesday.
Shearer was joined by board officials and trustees to unveil a signboard and to break the ground with a spade for the new $5.6 million building paid entirely by the insurance from the building lost last July.
â€œNo operational funds are being used. J.L. Richards of Timmins has been secured as architect, while the firm Quinan of Orillia has been hired as contractor,â€ said the news release from the DSBONE.