New Elementary School Gets Some Cash

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Algoma District School Board (ADSB) elementary students will benefit from a new elementary school addition at Central Algoma Secondary School (CASS), offering a modern learning environment where students can achieve their best, David Orazietti MPP announced today.

“As a former teacher who began working at Central Algoma Secondary School I know how important this investment by the province, through the Algoma District School Board, is to the parents and students served by the staff at this remarkable school,” said Orazietti. “Our government continues to demonstrate strong support for the education community and I appreciate the thoughtful capital plan put forward by the ADSB administration and trustees.”

With a $5,518,903 investment by the Ontario government, the new Central Algoma Elementary School supports the ADSB’s consolidation plan of their schools, reducing the cost of under-utilized space and reinvesting savings back into the classroom.

As part of the ADSB’s capital plan, in 2013 the Ministry of Education approved the construction of a new gymnasium and renovation project to accommodate Grade 7 and 8 students at CASS. The new Central Algoma Elementary School will accommodate approximately 125 Algoma area students from JK-6.

“Today we celebrate the new identity of Central Algoma Elementary School. I want to acknowledge the unwavering support from the Ministry of Education, the Capital Branch of the Ministry and certainly the efforts of MPP David Orazietti, all who recognize the need to continue to refurbish and update school facilities to ensure Ontario’s education system sustains its focus on student achievement and well-being and on remaining as one of the best education systems in the world,” said Lucia Reece, Director of Education, Algoma District School Board. “The Ministry and Board collaboration, along with our dedicated staff and Board of Trustees, allow us to continue to move our capital plan forward and to ensure that our students have great learning spaces.”

Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested nearly $90 million in new ADSB schools and school infrastructure projects some of which include:

· $47 million for new Superior Heights Secondary School
· $15.5 million for new Francis H. Clergue Elementary School
· $8.4 million for Alexander Henry High School retrofit for K-8 students
· $7.1 million capital funding to support implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten Program
· $5.5 million for Central Algoma Secondary School JK-6 addition
· $4.5 million for energy efficiency projects at ADSB schools
· $630,000 for expansion of East View Public School

The $8.4 million retrofit and construction work to accommodate K-8 students at Alexander Henry High School is expected to begin this year. Additionally, the $4.5 million energy efficiency upgrades are currently underway and will continue over the next several years.

Giving students the best possible learning environment is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.