Two local school boards have recently agreed to exchange some property in Cornwall, maximizing space and consolidating programs with the help of Ministry of Education funds.

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) and the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), who have already been sharing a site since the 1990s, have currently reached a Memorandum of Understanding (an agreement) concerning the new exchange.

The exchange is as follows: The CDSBEO will acquire the former General Vanier Secondary School and the UCDSB will acquire Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

For the CDSBEO, the site of the former General Vanier Secondary School will accommodate a new consolidated JK-6 Catholic school for Sacred Heart and St. Columban’s, as well as a grade 7-8 program which will accommodate all grade 7 and 8 students from Bishop Macdonell, St. Anne, and the consolidated Sacred Heart/St. Columban’s Catholic Schools.

According to a press release signed by both school boards dated March 29, 2018, both the CDSBEO and the UCDSB are quite pleased with the outcome and the exchange of properties should be in effect for September 2018.