January 23, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board approves funding for capital projects
At its meeting on January 22, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board approved the utilization of $12.3 million in funds to enable the board, pending formal approval from the Ministry of Education, to move forward on five of seven capital projects that were part of its Capital Priority Project list recently submitted to the Ministry.
Earlier this month, the Ministry announced the approval of $4.0 million in funding for an addition to St. Sofia Elementary School in Mississauga. The $12.3 million approved by the board are available funds remaining from previously approved and completed Dufferin-Peel capital projects. Pending formal Ministry approval, these funds will be applied to St. Sofia and four other capital priority projects.
The five projects to be completed include additions/renovations to four elementary schools and the construction of an athletic playing field at a secondary school. Included in the capital priority project list submission to the Ministry were two additional growth projects; a new school in the Bram West area of Brampton and an addition to St. Patrick School. The board approved $10.2 million in funds be set aside for these two projects, which the board hopes will move forward once projected development occurs in these communities.
A description of the Capital projects is as follows:
1. St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School
Six classroom addition and related interior improvements.
2. St. Edmund Elementary School
Renewal work including lighting and plumbing upgrades, roofing improvements and upgrades to the mechanical systems.
3. St. Dominic Elementary School
Upgrades to mechanical and ventilation systems, electrical systems and exterior cladding. Also, upgrades to improve facility usage and energy efficiency.
4. St. Sofia Elementary School
Six classroom and expansion of the gymnasium, improvements to the Kiss n Ride, parking areas, and some mechanical systems.
5. Cardinal Leger Secondary School
Construction of a new regulation-sized sports field and reconfiguration of the parking areas. Associated improvements to the fields and parking areas at the adjacent St. Mary Catholic elementary school will also be undertaken.
6. St. Patrick Elementary School
Proposed: Six classroom addition and associated interior renovations
7. New Brampton West elementary school (new school)
Proposed: New school (504 pupil places) for new development areas in Bram West (southwest corner of Brampton, west of Chingacousy Road and north of Mississauga boundary
“This is tremendous news for the board and our school communities,” said chair Mario Pascucci. “We are grateful to the Ministry and thank our local MPPs and school communities for their support and to our staff for their dedication and hard work in helping make this happen. It’s been a long time coming for some of our communities and we celebrate as a board and as a Catholic school system.”
“I am so pleased for the students, families and community members who will benefit from these enhanced facilities,” said director of education John B. Kostoff. “I would recognize and acknowledge staff for their excellent work in developing these projects, our trustees for their stewardship and foresight and to the Ministry and our local MPPs for their support of Catholic education in Dufferin-Peel.”
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest school boards in Ontario with approximately 85,000 students in 146 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. The board is also one of the largest employers in the region with approximately 10,000 employees. For more information about the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Catholic schools in Peel Region and Dufferin County, visit Dufferin-Peel online at www.dpcdsb.org
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