The province today (July 23, 2020) announced capital funding of $14,704,800 for construction of a replacement St. James the Apostle Catholic Elementary School. The investment will provide a new, quality learning environment for the students of Upper Stoney Creek, as well as new childcare rooms.
The project is part of the province’s capital investment program that will support students with better learning spaces. The Ontario government recently announced that it is investing over $500 million to build 30 new schools and make upgrades to 15 existing facilities.
“The funding for this new school is great news for our community,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for the children of Upper Stoney Creek.”
The new replacement school is funded at 590 pupil places and will include a three-room childcare centre with 49 new licensed childcare spaces.
“Our Board and most especially the St. James the Apostle Catholic Elementary School community are very pleased with the announcement of the much-needed new replacement school and childcare centre,” said Patrick Daly, Chairperson of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. “I would like to express our deep appreciation to MPP Donna Skelly for her support and assistance which was instrumental in bringing about this very good news.”
The new St. James the Apostle Catholic Elementary School will be built on the existing school site at 29 John Murray St. in Upper Stoney Creek. The current 2,763 m² school was officially opened on June 13, 1976 and features a one-storey, open concept design. Present enrolment is 378 students, K to Grade 8.
The Capital Priorities Program is the primary means for funding projects that address accommodation pressures, schools in poor condition, and childcare needs. St. James has been experiencing accommodation pressures due to new residential housing development in Upper Stoney Creek.Letter from Chairperson Patrick Daly to St. James school community