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New elementary school coming to New Tec – but nothing for Banting

February 5, 2018   ·   0 Comments

Provincial dollars for a move, expansion or renovation of Banting Memorial High School after the Province announced its latest round of education funding for the area Monday.

But elementary school students in New Tecumseth will receive a boost, with dollars allocated for a new Catholic Elementary School in Alliston.

“We are pleased that the Ministry f Education continues to see the value of investing in school infrastructure and we are particularly excited about the new funding announced today to support the building of a new school in the Alliston community,” said Carol Corriveau-Truchon, Board Chair of the South Muskoka Catholic District School Board in a statement. “Many of our communities, especially in the southern areas of our district, are experiencing tremendous growth. Today’s funding announcement will help relieve some of the pressures in the Alliston community and I know they will be excited to begin the process of planning for this new school.”

Monday’s announcement will see a $10,344,569 investment in local education. The new school will accommodate an estimated 470 students and include a further investment of $1,588,137 for three child care rooms at the school.

This translates into 49 new child care spaces.

Additional funding was also provided to purchase new portables as a temporary solution to enrolment growth at Notre Dame Catholic School in Orillia. This includes nearly $857,000 for new portables to alleviate existing pressures in that community.

Over at the Simcoe County District School Board, there was also a lot of good news to go around.

While a long-awaited decision on funding dollars for Banting was not included in this funding announcement, as was hoped when the Ministry of Education announced a number of further school investments, without naming any specifics, in mid-January, new public elementary schools are slated for Bradford, Oro-Medonte and Wasaga Beach.

According to the Board, this checks three of the six boxes which topped their capital priorities list.

A replacement school for Banting placed second on the Board’s request to the Province.

““We would like to thank our staff in Business and Facilities who continue to put forward strong business cases for new schools to the Ministry of Education for consideration,” said Director of Education Steve Blake.

 

By Brock Weir

         


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