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Better Buildings, Better Learning in Quinte West

As part of a $500 million province-wide investment, the Ontario government is providing funds to address the accommodation needs of local students. Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board will receive $5.5 million to replace St. Peter Catholic School with a new school in Trenton and $1.9 million to build an addition at St. Paul Catholic Secondary School in Trenton.

St. Peter Catholic School Presentation

A student from St. Peter Catholic School presents Lou Rinaldi and Wilf Garrah with a Thank You card for making their school a better place to learn.

“The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased and proud of the government’s announcement of funding to improve our schools in Trenton,” said Wilf Garrah, 2009 Chair of the Board. “We appreciate that the government has recognized the outcome of the community consultation through the Accommodation Review Process with this capital funding announcement for St. Peter Catholic School and St. Paul Catholic Secondary School.”

Ontario is investing in a variety of ways to improve schools and make schools better places to learn. Projects include building new schools, expanding existing school facilities and reconfiguring school space to reduce energy costs. This also creates economic benefits, such as work for local companies and helps to support a stronger, greener economy.

“Building and improving school facilities creates safe and engaging places for our students to learn and grow,” said Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland. “This kind of significant education investment will go a long way to support local students for generations to come.”


Major renovations in store for St. Michael Catholic School

The Ontario provincial government has announced a $6.2 million commitment for extensive renovations and facility improvements to St. Michael Catholic School in Belleville. The announcement was made at the school August 27.

St. Michael Catholic School

The St. Michael Catholic School community celebrated the news of a $6.2 million commitment for extensive renovations and facility improvements for the Belleville school. Attending the announcement were Wilf Garrah, Chair of the Board, Principal Bev Byrne and John Paul Tedesco, School Council Co-Chair.

“We are delighted with today’s announcement,” said Wilf Garrah, Chair of the Board, who attended along with Director of Education Michael Schmitt and members of senior administration and school officials. “We commend the McGuinty government for its commitment to excellence in education.”

St. Michael Catholic School was identified as prohibitive-to-repair by the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Ministry of Education. The announcement was part of the provincial government’s investment to build new schools or expand existing schools to replace facilities where renewal needs are almost as much as the cost of replacing the school.

“This is good news for St. Michael Catholic School and the neighbouring community,” said Leona Dombrowsky, MPP for Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington. “School boards are working closely with the government and their communities to revitalize our classrooms inside and out. This kind of significant education investment will go a long way to support students in this community for many years to come.”


New Catholic School for Marmora

New school for Marmora

Leona met with school board officials to announce that a new elementary school will be built in Marmora.

Marmora area students in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board will soon have a new elementary school, Leona Dombrowksky, MPP for Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox-Addington announced last week.

“This is good news for students at Sacred Heart Catholic School and the neighbouring community,” she said. “School boards are working closely with the government and theircommunities to revitalize our classrooms inside and out. This kind of significant education investment will go a long way to support students in this rural community for many years to come.”

Sacred Heart Catholic School was identified as prohibitive-to-repair by the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Ministry of Education. The provincial government is investing $3.2 million to build a new school, to be ready by 2009.

“We are delighted with this announcement,” said Wilf Garrah, Chair of the Board. “We commend the government for recognizing the importance of small schools in our rural communities, and for the government’s commitment to excellence in education."