May 29th, 2017
Our vision to innovate tomorrow by educating today received a boost this month. As part of the 2017-18 Pupil Accommodation Grant – School Renewal Allocation, provided by the Ministry of Education, to address the cost of repairing and renovating schools and infrastructure, Waterloo Region District School Board will receive approximately $9.8 million.
“This funding brings us another step closer to ensuring we provide the best education for generations to come,” said Ron Dallan, manager of capital projects. “We’re proud of the education we provide to students in the Waterloo Region.”
This commitment by the provincial government will improve infrastructure and programs–region wide. There is a lot of work to be done and facilities staff are currently determining the projects that will receive funding.
“These funds will continue our ongoing program of maintenance to ensure schools are in the best condition for a successful learning environment,” said John Bryant, director of education. “Our facilities staff do a wonderful job keeping our schools safe, clean and up to date.”
Robust public education facilities and services are only part of our purpose. Waterloo Region District School Board continues to work hard working hard with community partners, parents and caregivers to ensure education and student success is a partnership.
During the 2016-17 school year, similar funding supported a number of projects, including:
- Eastwood Collegiate Institute’s theatre received phase 1 of their upgrade.
- Forest Heights Collegiate Institute’s music room will receive an upgrade.
- Grand River Collegiate Institute’s chemistry lab received an upgrade in fall 2016.
- Margaret Avenue Public School’s library will be renovated.
- Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School’s physics room will be expanded.
- Wilson Public School will receive a double gym. The school has the smallest gym area per student in the region.
The staff report and complete list of school improvements is available, starting on page 23, from the May 15, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting.