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Sudbury Catholic Board Names New High-Tech, Green Elementary School

December 9, 2009 - There was a celebratory as Trustees with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board voted to name Sudbury's new elementary school. In the end, trustees selected the name "Holy Cross Catholic School."

"The name 'Holy Cross' has significant meaning," says Board Chair, Jody Cameron, "The four points of the cross represents the coming-together of four existing school communities into one new, learning community where our children will learn and make lifelong friends. This is a very exciting time for the Board and the expansion of Catholic Education in Sudbury's south end."

The decision comes after extensive consultation with students, teachers and parents from Corpus Christi, St. Christopher, St. Michael and St. Theresa schools -- as well as St. Francis. The Board also got input from the local Parishes and community partners.

The new school will serve elementary students in the city's south end and will be located on the St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School site. Catherine McCullough, Director of Education for the Sudbury Catholic District School Board is equally pleased with the decision of the new school’s name.

McCullough emphasized, “Holy Cross Catholic School will have lower energy and utility costs than traditionally built schools, and the money saved can go back into the classrooms. That means more money to expand on programs such as our already-established, nationally-recognized Learning with Laptops program as well as full-day junior kindergarten which the Board announced just last month.”

"The naming of this new state-of-the-art school is only the beginning of the many new steps that our Board will be taking in creating this educational village in the city’s south end,” stated Board Chair Cameron, "The next step is to complete the architectural final plans for the design of the new school and get shovels in the ground.”

The Board will decide on the site plan for Holy Cross at next Tuesday's regular Board meeting. The school will open in September 2011.

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