October 30, 2015
Ontario will invest in an innovative community hub and new Greensville Elementary School in the Flamborough area of Hamilton.
The new school and hub, located on the Greensville school site on Harvest Road, will create a community hub involving the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board school as well as a Hamilton Public Library branch and City of Hamilton community space.
The investment will provide improved facilities and enhanced learning opportunities for students in the Greensville catchment area.
Building the new JK-Grade 8 school will mean that more students are able to stay in their community, which is a walkable enclave close to a community park, arboretum and Webster’s Falls.
The new build will also include $1 million to build child care rooms: one room will be for up to 15 toddlers and one room will be for up to 24 preschool children.
The Greensville school project has been approved at the ministry benchmark of approximately $8.8 million.
With this investment, HWDSB will close Spencer Valley Elementary School (195 pupils) and Greensville Elementary School (187 pupils) and will construct a new school with 381 pupil places on the existing Greensville school site.
An additional investment of $3 million has been made to fund licensed child care at Ancaster Meadow Elementary School and St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School. Families will benefit from increased access to safe, high-quality licensed child care with 6 new child care rooms, resulting in 112 new licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Giving students the best possible learning environment is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.
“Our government continues to support local students with significant investments in better schools for better learning. This is an important investment in Greensville. It will be a dynamic hub of learning and so much more.”
—Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale
“Today’s announcement demonstrates creative thinking by three partners committed to serving our community in a different way. It's work we need to do. The partnership between HWDSB, the City of Hamilton and Hamilton Public Library shows that when we work together, we can make community hubs a reality in Hamilton. We thank the Ministry for their investment as we work toward similar partnerships in the future.”
—Todd White, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Chair
“This is great news. Premier Wynne and the Government of Ontario continue to be a vital partner in strengthening our community. Together, City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Public Library and the Province, are investing in improved facilities and new learning for our students bringing with it new opportunities for youth as we continue to make Hamilton the best place to raise and be a child.”
-Mayor Fred Eisenberger
“Hamilton Public Library strives to be a community beacon providing relevant and responsive programs, services and resources for our growing customer base. We are thrilled to partner with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the City of Hamilton to be able to offer our services in this new Greensville facility.”
—Jennifer Gautrey, Chair, Hamilton Public Library Board
“Our government is proud to invest in capital projects that are supporting students by giving them improved facilities and greater opportunities to learn in a high-quality environment.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin MPP 905 690 6552
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