“Today’s investment builds on the significant progress we have made locally to construct new schools, as well as improve existing school infrastructure, which supports student learning,” said Orazietti. “Working collaboratively with the leadership of both local school boards, to advance their capital planning priorities, continues to bring positive results in ensuring we have safe, modern and welcoming school environments.”
The Algoma District School Board is receiving an increase of $11 million, while the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board is receiving a $3 million increase, for a total investment of $37 million in school renewal funding to ensure Sault and area schools continue to be safe and modern places for students to learn.
The funding will enable the ADSB and HSCDSB to repair roofs, update HVAC units and modernize electrical and plumbing systems. It will also significantly improve more visible elements of schools that impact students’ learning and well-being, including flooring, walls, ceilings, playing fields and more.
“This is great news for the Algoma District School Board, but more importantly, it is great news for our students, our educators and our community. We are very fortunate to have a government that continues to recognize the importance of the learning environment for students and to have David Orazietti as our MPP, as he advocates relentlessly for our community and our local economy,” said Lucia Reece, Director of Education at the Algoma District School Board. “This new funding will support our commitment to on-going maintenance and repair at several schools, and will, in particular, support our renewal and upgrading projects at Greenwood P.S., H.M. Robbins P.S. and Korah Collegiate C. & V.S. This significant investment is also indicative of the government’s commitment to maintaining Ontario’s education system as one of the best in the world, as great places to learn do make for better learning and increased well-being, which ultimately lead to better student achievement.”
“We are very grateful that the Ministry of Education has committed these funds to allow for us to ensure safe and healthy learning places for our students. As our Multi-Year Strategic Plan indicates we realize that having an environment that enhances learning also enhances student outcomes. With our Capital Plan as a guide, the funds allocated to the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) will improve our facilities, assist our partners who use our facilities, and the general public in the communities we serve,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, John Stadnyk.
This investment in school repair and renewal in Sault Ste. Marie is part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
Since 2003, the province has invested over $150 million in new schools and school infrastructure some of which includes:
· $51 million for St. Mary’s College
· $47 million for Superior Heights Secondary School
· $14.6 million for Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School
· $10.4 million for Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel Ontario to expand Ecole Notre-Dame-du-Sault
· $15.5 million for Francis H. Clergue Elementary School
· $8.4 million for Alexander Henry High School retrofit for K-8 students
· $5.5 million for Central Algoma Secondary School JK-6 addition
· $3.9 million for St. Basil Secondary School renovation
· $630,000 for expansion of East View Public School
To support transparency in this historic investment, the province will publicly post detailed information regarding the condition and renewal needs of each of Ontario’s 4,900 publicly funded schools.
This funding represents an increase in funding for elementary and secondary school renewal of $500 million for the 2015-16 school year and $575 million for the 2016-17 school year.