FORT ERIE - There is visible movement on the construction of a new $20-million high school in Fort Erie.
The project's general contractor (Struct Con) is on-site and some of the major earth work is underway, the District School Board of Niagara told Bullet News.
Greater Fort Erie Secondary School will be the first new high school built by the DSBN in more than 30 years.
Silt fencing has been installed around the property and the site clearing and excavation process is under way.
Last November, District School Board of Niagara trustees approved purchasing 15 acres of land at 1640 Garrison Road, across from Town Hall, for $1.6 million.
The land was purchased from the owners of Fort Erie Golf Club.
Crews have demolished the driving range structure and removed existing concrete pathways.
Fort Erie Golf Club finished a reconfiguration of its course this summer.
A $3-million, 500-seat arts theatre has also been approved for the site.
The Town of Fort Erie and the DSBN are each contributing $500,000 to the project.
The remainder of the project cost is the responsibility of the Embrace Greatness fundraising campaign.
The school and theatre are planned to be opened in September, 2017. The fundraising committee has until September, 2018, to raise the $2 million.