The Ontario government is investing $19.9 million to build a new Northglen Neighbourhood School to support working families in Clarington. This investment in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board announced by David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, will support the creation of 769 student spaces as part of the Ford Government’s commitment to building modern, accessible, and technologically connected schools for Ontario youth.
The project is part of a provincewide investment of more than $600 million to support new school and child care spaces that were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support 78 school and child care related projects. In all, the investment will create more than 19,700 new student spaces and 1,500 child care spaces at schools across the province.
“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made safer schools a priority, which is why we continue to invest in modern and accessible learning spaces with improved ventilation,” said Minister Lecce. “This investment is part of our multiyear plan to build, expand, and update schools and child care spaces across our province. It will leave a lasting legacy that benefits working families for years to come.”
The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over ten years. There are currently more than 300 child care and education building-related projects in development across Ontario with more than 100 actively under construction.
“The new school in Clarington is great news for local families,” said MPP David Piccini. “This investment will provide choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for the children of Clarington.”
“Building a new Northglen Neighbourhood School will provide students with the modern facilities they deserve to flourish in their academic pursuits,” said Sam Oosterhoff, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education. “Through these projects like these, our government is also helping to create well-paid jobs and supporting the long-term growth of communities across Ontario.”
Ontario’s investment in new and updated schools will create the foundation for a modern learning environment for hundreds of students across the province.
Highlights of the project include:
• 769 student spaces.
• 73 new licensed child care spaces.
• Four new child care rooms.
“We believe it’s important to provide wrap-around service for students and families, from preschool to graduation. We extend our sincere thanks to the provincial government for this capital investment making it possible for us to bring that vision to life with a new school in the Northglen community,” says Diane Lloyd, Chairperson of the Board, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. “The enrolment pressures we are experiencing in the Clarington area are significant, and this funding is much needed to address these challenges. We are very excited for the opportunity to build this new school, which we know will benefit our students and families in Bowmanville for many years to come.”
The Ontario government has allocated more than $600 million to support ventilation improvements in schools across Ontario as part of its plans for a safer return to school. The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board has benefited from an investment of almost $12 million for ventilation improvements and has over 1000 HEPA filter units in place.