School council representatives are rejoicing in the wake of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s announcement of an $8.2 million funding injection announced last week, for additions at Keele Street & Swansea Public Schools.
The funding is in addition to the $2.6 million in full-day kindergarten capital funding for the two schools, according to ministry spokesperson Andrew Morrison. The local investment is part of a more than $700 million plan to build and renovate 87 schools across Ontario to alleviate the “accommodation pressures,” while expanding and renovating in preparation for the roll-out of full-day kindergarten.
Ministry funding decisions were based on which projects had the most urgent and pressing needs in the next three years and also the ones that supported the ministry’s priorities, noted Morrison.
Keele P.S. will see a $3.4 million 10-classroom addition and retrofit, which includes two rooms for full-day kindergarten, to facilitate a change in grades from JK to Grade 6 to JK to Grade 8 to alleviate overcrowding at nearby schools; Swansea P.S. will see a $5 million, 14-classroom addition, including six full-day kindergarten rooms, to accommodate growth in the area and alleviate pressure at neighbouring schools.
With all the public school labour strife going on right now, it’s great to get some good news about the government’s commitment to renovations & additions for two of our local elementary schools!