Following the province’s announcement earlier this week of a $500 million investment in new schools, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook Donna Skelly joined staff and students at St. James the Apostle Catholic Elementary School on July 28, 2020 to announce funding for a new 590 pupil place “replacement” school.
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Chairperson Patrick Daly welcomed Minister Lecce, recognizing him for his leadership throughout some very challenging and complex times and thanking him for his strong support for publicly funded Catholic Education.
“But most of all, I want to thank him for $14.7 million which will allow a beautiful, state-of-the-art new school to be built on this location,” said Daly. “It’s much needed because of the growth and will serve young people for many generations to come.”
Daly also expressed his deep appreciation to MPP Donna Skelly “for her strong advocacy which was instrumental in our board receiving the funds necessary to construct a new St. James School.”
“I’m thrilled to be here today,” the MPP told the St. James staff, students and parents. “I hear every day from parents right across Flamborough and Glanbrook who are looking to our government to help them with the overcrowding at some of our schools.”
As the new school project has shown, she and Minister Lecce have not only been listening but “reacting” to concerns from parents across the province.
The listening involved some “difficult choices,” said the Minister, noting that the government received $3 billion in requests for new schools for $500 million in capital funding.
“This project was identified as a priority because of the pressure, the growth and the accommodation needs, especially as we see portables building at the backside of the school,” said Lecce. “I really want to see these young students in a state-of-the-art, brand new, modern and safe facility.”
He added that that the new school will include three childcare rooms, and a toddler and preschool room – amenities that will greatly improve the quality of life of the community.
“So, this is a great outcome for your community,” the minister told students and parents. “And to be honest, there’s more to come.”
“I know this is a fast-growing community, I know there’s a real need and we’re going to be there for Catholic schools.”
Over the next ten years, the Ontario government will be investing $12 billion in capital grants, including over $500 million this year for new schools, additions and renovations.