The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will be receiving $41.4 million from the Government of Ontario to build a new Banting Memorial High School, in Alliston.
In a news conference on Monday, Ontario’s minister of education, Stephen Lecce, announced the proposal for Banting, as well as $1.1 million towards a two-room child care centre addition at Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School, in Beeton.
“For Simcoe County students, our investment will address an urgent need to replace an ageing school by investing in this rural community after years of neglect under the previous government,” said Lecce.
“In addition, I am proud to announce that this modern school will include a new child care centre – key to supporting working families and our economic success.”
Lecce says the revamped Banting Memorial High School will include 1,288 secondary school spaces, one infant, one toddler, and one preschool room for 49 licensed spaces.
While the addition at Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School will have one toddler and one preschool room for a total of 39 licensed spaces.
“The Banting Memorial High School replacement has been a priority for our board for several years,” said Jodi Lloyd, chairperson of SCDSB. “And we are very pleased to receive these funding announcements today.”
The director of education for SCDSB, John Dance, noted that the board has not yet decided on a site for the Banting project, which has a 2024 proposed completion date.
“There are a number of options and we have had conversations in the past,” said Dance.
“We have to update those conversations and get a little bit further ahead to meet the timeline as the minister has [laid] out for us – it’s quite ambitious – but we’re willing to give it a shot.”
Banner image – from Stephen Lecce’s Twitter