Today Leona Dombrowsky, M.P.P. Prince Edward-Hastings, announced that Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will receive funding to construct two new schools: one in Stirling and one in Tweed. These projects represent two of eight capital business cases that were submitted to the Ministry of Education earlier this year. The Ministry has approved funding for 43 new schools and 30 addition/retrofit projects across the province.
Two of the capital businesses cases submitted on behalf of HPEDSB earlier this year were the following:
- Stirling schools: This project would involve the consolidation of Stirling Primary School, Stirling Junior Public School and Stirling Senior Public School into a new JK-8 facility. The proposed accommodation solution would include the construction of a replacement JK-8 elementary school of approximately 600 pupil places on the existing Stirling Senior Public School site.
- Tweed schools: This project would involve the consolidation of Tweed-Hungerford Senior Elementary School and S.H. Connor School into a new JK-8 facility. The proposed accommodation solution would include the construction of a replacement JK-8 elementary school of 350 pupil places on the existing Tweed-Hungerford site.
Funding for the two projects is estimated at $19 million. It is important to remember that these details are yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of Education.
"We are thrilled that the Ministry of Education has recognized the strong value that our communities place on education," remarked Kathy Soule, Director of Education. "The communities of Stirling and Tweed will now have the opportunity to work with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to design and build state of the art learning centres. We look forward to discussions with municipal representatives and all community members as we move forward with these exciting initiatives."
At this point school board officials are awaiting further clarification and next steps from the Ministry of Education. While this announcement is great news, there is a lot of work to be done. It has been several years since schools were built in Hastings and Prince Edward DSB. A process will be determined in the fall to address community discussion, building locations, designs, timing and other project and programming requirements.
Next steps and additional details will be shared as plans come together.
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Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, email@example.com