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New School for Site for St. Gregory Catholic School in Picton

October 04, 2022

​Picton, ON - The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) have received approval from the province of Ontario for the acquisition of land in Picton's west end for a new school site.

The $4.6 million dollars in Land Priorities funding will allow the Board to purchase the property at 175 Talbot St. in Picton, for the purpose of building a replacement school for St. Gregory Catholic School, currently located on Owen St. in Picton.

The five acres of land the ALCDSB have acquired for the school site is located in Picton's west end, an area experiencing considerable home development.

Group of students and administors gathered on new location for St. Gregory Catholci School build.

Front Row: Students from  the grade 4/5 class at St. Gregory Catholic School.
(L-R)​: Leah, Antonio, Isaac, Emma, Millie.

Back Row (L-R): Dave Cleave, developer, Ms. Thomlinson, Principal of St. Gregory Catholic School, MPP Todd Smith, Tom Dall, Chair of the Board for the ALCDSB, Mayor Steve Ferguson, Prince Edward County, David DeSantis, Director of Education.

β€œOn behalf of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the St. Gregory Catholic School community, I would like to thank the Ministry of Education and MPP Smith for their support in the approval of this capital priority as articulated in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, which is a brand-new 354 pupil place school at 175 Talbot Street in Picton," said David DeSantis, Director of Education. 

The ALCDSB was awarded $8.7 million in 2019-2020 through the ministry's Capital Priorities program to construct a new 354-pupil K- 8 school to address pupil accommodation requirements.

"We thank the province for their productive collaboration, and significant investment in our faith-filled Catholic learning communities." Said Tom Dall, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. 

The current St. Gregory school site is situated on a 2.2 acres plot and is unable to accommodate further expansion to the existing facility.​

β€œThe ALCDSB are blessed to have received approval from the province of Ontario to move forward with acquiring land for a new school site in Picton. The rebuild of St. Gregory Catholic Elementary School is essential in order to accommodate our growing Catholic school community." Said Greg Speagle, ALCDSB School Board Trustee for Prince Edward County, Greater Napanee, Loyalist Township, Stone Mills and Addington Highlands.

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board serves approximately 12,000 students, employs over 1,400 full-time equivalent staff and covers a geographical area of more than 16,000 square kilometers.  

The ALCDSB builds faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful. β€‹

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.