DAVID ORAZIETTI, MPP
Orazietti announces launch of construction of new HSCDSB secondary school
Province delivers investment for fifth new school in Sault Ste. Marie
SAULT STE. MARIE - David Orazietti MPP and representatives of the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board celebrated the groundbreaking of the new St. Mary’s College Secondary School which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony represents an important step forward in our government’s plan to provide students in Sault Ste. Marie with state-of-the-art infrastructure that will help them reach their full potential,” said Orazietti. “We are committed to improving the learning environment in our schools and in strengthening the local economy by creating construction jobs, which will facilitate building a school that can serve the community for years to come.”
The $51 million provincial investment in the new St. Mary’s College will allow for the consolidation of Holy Angels Learning Center, St. Basil Secondary School and St. Mary’s College.
The new state-of-the-art secondary school located at the intersection of Pine Street and Second Line East, received the largest level of provincial funding of approximately 73 school projects province-wide announced in 2011.
Once completed, the new high school will accommodate approximately 1,400 students.
“This is an exciting time for Catholic education in Sault Ste. Marie and this event brings closer to reality what will be a state-of-the-art facility for our secondary students. This new building will combine the best of our secondary schools into one dynamic learning space. The Grade 9 students at St. Basil Secondary and St. Mary’s College, who will be the first graduating class in the spring of 2016, staff and all of our partner schools eagerly await the opening of the new St. Mary’s College,” said HSCDSB Director of Education John Stadnyk.
"This is a great day for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board as we break ground for our new secondary school. Our Catholic secondary schools have provided strong, faith-based education for several decades. The consolidation into one building will support our efforts to bring the best programming for our students into the future. We are thankful for the support of the Ministry of Education and especially Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti,” said HSCDSB Chair Lindsay Liske.
Over the last 10 years, operating funding to Sault and area school boards has been increased by the Ontario government by a total of $34 million, while enrollment during the same period has declined by over 30 percent or more than 5,800 students.
The Ontario government is committed to building on the gains made in education since 2003 and the 2013-14 investment in Ontario's publicly funded education system reflects that commitment, while recognizing that everyone must play a part to help eliminate Ontario's deficit by 2017-18.
In addition to increased per pupil funding, provincial investments since 2003 have allowed the community to undertake a number of important capital projects to significantly improve Sault Ste. Marie’s education system.
Five new school infrastructure projects totalling over $130 million include:
- $51 million for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board to construct St. Mary’s College
- $46.7 million for the Algoma District School Board to construct Superior Heights Secondary School
- $15.5 million for the Algoma District School Board to construct a new Francis H. Clergue Elementary School
- $14.6 million for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board to construct Holy Cross Elementary School
- $10.4 million for the Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel Ontario to expand Ecole Notre-Dame-du-Sault
Since 2003, the Ontario government has supported more than 27,000 renewal projects with 610 new schools built, under construction, or planned.
The provincial government is making Ontario’s schools cleaner, more sustainable places to learn with 2,600 schools benefitting from more than 6,500 clean energy projects.
Ontario has invested $1.4 billion in capital funding to support the expansion of full-day kindergarten. All new elementary schools will be built to accommodate full-day kindergarten.
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