Is Halton Getting New Schools?
Public schools across Halton are getting the green light for capital funding from the Ministry of Education.
“This funding is part of a $784 million investment across the province to build 39 new schools, and undertake 40 major renovations or additions that will include more than 2,700 licensed child care spaces,” said Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon.
“This will provide more than 46,000 students with the learning spaces they need for the changing world.”
Some schools will receive additions or renovations, while other communities will see news schools built.
Funding was announced by the province on Jan. 29.
Here’s where it’s going: two existing secondary schools in Burlington and two new elementary schools and child care centres in Milton and Oakville.
The provincial government is giving the Halton District School Board (HDSB) $10.9 million to renovate and provide additions to Nelson High School and $4.5 million to renovate and provide additions to M.M. Robinson High School in Burlington.
“This funding will provide modern learning environments that will help enable students to reach their full potential,” said McMahon.
This work will equip the schools with additional program spaces to improve the learning experience for students.
These enhancements will accommodate the new school communities that will be coming together as a result of the Burlington Secondary School Program and Accommodation Review (PAR), according to the board.
"With this funding, we are able to strengthen our schools and provide improved programming for all students in Burlington,” said HDSB director of education Stuart Miller.
"Specifically, this funding will ensure an improved learning environment for students transitioning into new spaces. Our integration committees have been key to coordinating this important transition for Burlington students. This process is being led by our experienced staff, with input and support from dedicated parents.”
Bringing together these school communities and enhancing the learning environments at these schools will provide more equitable learning opportunities for Burlington students, according to the board.
Design plans for the renovations and additions to M.M. Robinson High School and Nelson High School will be shared for community input in spring 2018.
It’s not just about Burlington.
Approximately $32 million fund a new elementary school in southwest Milton (Milton SW #11) and a new elementary school in northeast Oakville (Oakville NE #2).
A total of $4.5 million will be provided to build a new five-room child care centre for the new elementary school in northeast Oakville and the new elementary school in southwest Milton, which will each have 88 child care spaces.
“We are grateful to the Ministry of Education for their ongoing support to improve the learning environments for our students,” said HDSB chairperson Andrea Grebenc.
"This investment in our schools will help us support student achievement and well-being.”
Over in the Catholic board, Milton’s Bishop P.F. Reding Catholic Secondary School will see an addition with 64 new child care spaces.
Oakville’s St. Michael Catholic Elementary School is getting an addition with 49 new child care spaces.
Finally, in the CSC MonAvenir or French Catholic board, Oakville’s Ecole secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinite is going to receive an addition.
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