Funding for schools in and around the city continues to come down from the provincial and federal governments, as $10.2 million is announced for the Upper Canada District School Board.
According to a UCDSB announcement Wednesday morning, the funding will help 73 schools and three additional T.R. Leger School of Adult, Alternative, and Continuing Education sites enhance their buildings.
“We fully appreciate the funding being provided by the federal and provincial governments, as any enhancements we do in our schools and buildings has a direct and positive impact on our students and staff,” said Director of Education, Stephen Sliwa.
Some of the enhancement and upgrades schools can expect are:
- upgrades to HVAC and controls at three sites
- two new replacement portables at one site
- window replacements at two sites
- 302 bottle filling stations
- 445 power doors with touchelesss sensors
As well, some childcare facilities within the buildings will see some major renovations, and upgrades to outdoor fencing, air conditioning, new washrooms or fixtures, video intercoms, and improved WiFi.
“Schools are inherently a congregate setting, and as a society, the protection of our young people is paramount,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Investing to upgrade area schools to make them safer will benefit students during COVID-19, but the benefit will remain after the pandemic. These types of infrastructure investments will also be key to spurring economic growth and recovery.”
Projects will start immediately in the schools, with the plan to have them completed by late fall 2021.
The funding was based on an application process, which outlined the type of projects that would quality for this funding and timelines and that projects needed to be completed by.