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Ontario Ministry of Education announces investment for joint-use Caledonia elementary school and child-care facility
New school to host 746 children, open in 2024
MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2021
|A site of more than seven acres at the McLachlan & Whitehorn intersection in Caledonia has been identified and set aside for the new joint elementary school.|
Brantford, Ont. – The Ontario Ministry of Education has announced a $20.4 million capital investment for the construction of a new joint-use elementary school, along with a three-room child-care centre in Caledonia, Ontario. The project is intended to ease pressure on existing schools in the area and support the surge of residential development in the area.
The investment comes in response to joint applications for funding from both the public and separate school boards serving the area. The Grand Erie District School Board (Grand Erie) and the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board (BHNCDSB) partnered to submit several applications to the Ministry, with the most recent submitted in the spring of 2021.
A site of more than seven acres at the McLachlan & Whitehorn intersection in Caledonia has been identified and set aside for the new joint elementary school. The site is adjacent to a large park block which has already been developed and completed by Haldimand County (see attached image).
The scope for the project includes classroom and play space for 746 students, a gymnasium and library, special education rooms, resource rooms and three child-care rooms (infant, toddler and preschool). The construction is anticipated to be completed for the start of the school year in September 2024.
“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. Our government’s support for the new joint elementary school in Caledonia will help alleviate pressures faced by the community due to continued growth while demonstrating our overall commitment to supporting our students and families with access to modern, accessible, and digitally-connected learning spaces.”
Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education
“My office has heard for quite some time about the pressures in Caledonia schools. This is fantastic news for students and families who can be assured the best possible education, close to home.”
Toby Barrett, MPP Haldimand Norfolk
“We want to thank Minister Lecce and the Ministry of Education for this investment to enhance education opportunities in one of the district’s fastest-growing communities. This is a significant infrastructure investment, but more importantly, an investment in the future of children by providing new, modern learning spaces.”
Greg Anderson, Chair of the Grand Erie District School Board
“Our Caledonia schools have been feeling growth pressures, and we’re grateful the Ministry of Education has responded favourably to our joint application. This new school gives us new opportunities to partner with staff, students and communities to continue to build a culture of learning, well-being and belonging in Grand Erie. I’m looking forward to seeing this project develop, and I know our families and students will love it.”
JoAnna Roberto, Director of Education, Grand Erie District School Board
About Grand Erie
Grand Erie District School Board represents more than 25,000 students in 58 elementary schools and 14 secondary schools within the City of Brantford and the counties of Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk as well as students from Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. With a dedicated staff of more than 2,500, Grand Erie is committed to learning, leading and inspiring.
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