Enhanced daycare at Hagersville Secondary School

$786,000 grant for 49 new spaces

The provincial government has approved $786,000 for the creation of 49 new daycare spaces at Hagersville Secondary School.   Brian Thompson / Expositor file photo

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Daycare facilities at Hagersville Secondary School received a boost recently with news that the province will provide $786,000 toward a renovation.

Three new rooms will be added at HSS to create 49 additional child-care spaces.

“We’re very happy the province has come through with the money to help with our new daycare facility,” Brian Doyle, a trustee with the Grand Erie District School Board representing Haldimand County, said in a news release.

The funding is derived from a $13-billion, 10-year capital grant program announced in the 2019 provincial budget. The Ford government intends to spend $500 million this year renovating classrooms across Ontario.

“The funding is great news for our community,” Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk, said in the same release. “This investment will provide new opportunities and convenience for families and a quality learning environment for young people in the Hagersville area.”

The Ford government says it inherited a maintenance backlog at Ontario schools from the previous government.

Funding for HSS and other school projects is part of a massive effort to arrest the deterioration of educational infrastructure while clearing priority projects off the books.

“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” says Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our financing of the retrofit to Hagersville Secondary School further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in capital projects and our overall commitment to supporting Ontario students and families.”

Infrastructure funding is available for aging heating-ventilation-air conditioning systems, for repairing roofs and windows, and the installation of important accessibility features such as elevators and ramps.

The Ministry of Education has asked Ontario school boards to submit their top 10 school-based capital priorities for consideration. School boards have also been asked to make the case, where warranted, for an increase in the number of child-care spaces.

 

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