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Board gets cash for downtown high school, Saltfleet addition

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is getting provincial funding for one of three new high schools proposed as part of an accommodation review that will close seven existing high schools.

A new high school to replace Delta, Parkview and Sir John A. Macdonald in the lower city will receive $31.8 million as part of $711 million in capital funding announced the Ministry of Education on Jan. 17.

The board will also get $5.4 million for a long-waited addition to Saltfleet District High School in upper Stoney Creek and $3.5 million to upgrade Dalewood elementary school in Westdale as part of a plan to close Prince Philip elementary school.

The province will also support the board’s plan to buy land for a new Mountain high school south of the Lincoln Alexander Parkway that will replace Barton, Hill Park and Mountain secondary schools.

Board chair Tim Simmons said in a news release that trustees will now consider how to fund the remaining components of the high school review, which include the Mountain school and either upgrading or rebuilding at Highland in Dundas.

Parkside will close as part of the latter plan.

The Catholic board also got some good news, receiving funding for a new elementary school in Winona.

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