Capital plan boosts spending on Hamilton public school renewal

News Jun 05, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Ancaster, Dundas Valley and Sherwood high schools will get major makeovers as part a $69.3 million capital budget for the coming school year that nearly doubles the Hamilton-public board’s spending on school renewal.

Renovations to be completed at Ancaster and Sherwood by the end of next summer cover tech labs, cafeterias, specialized support program space, student services, teacher work rooms and administrative offices.

Along with upgrades to tech labs, Dundas Valley, formerly Highland, will get a $6.4-million addition to accommodate students from Parkside, set to close at the end of this month after serving as a satellite campus for the past year.

Dalewood Middle School in Westdale will also see the first $4 million of $10 million in planned upgrades stemming from a closure study that shuttered Prince Philip elementary school last June.

Board chair Todd White credited more predictable provincial funding for allowing trustees to boost spending on renewal projects by more than $11 million.

Unlike the past, the board has received money upfront and doesn’t have to wait for special announcements to proceed, the Ward 5 trustee said.

“From a renewal perspective, it’s pretty exciting and this is where we’re finally starting to see some of the dollars put into action,” White said.

“It very much is a good news piece that we actually have the dollars that we can put aside in advance to actually show what projects are underway the following year.”

Slated to go to trustees for final approval on Monday, the capital budget earmarks $25 million to start building new high schools on the south Mountain and at Scott Park in the lower city, both scheduled to open in September 2017.

It also spends the majority of an $11.1 million grant for a new elementary school in the Ancaster Meadowlands that is expected to begin construction this summer and open in September 2016.

Saltfleet District High School in upper Stoney Creek will also undergo the final $500,000 in work to complete a $5.4-million addition and upgrade to its playing field.

The spending plan allots the first $5.3 million of $19 million in provincial grants for upgrades resulting from elementary school closures.

This includes the initial $1.9 million of $7.7 million in renovations at Pauline Johnson, Ridgemount, Franklin Road, George L. Armstrong and Queensdale on the central Mountain.

East Hamilton schools that survived a closure review will also see $380,000 in full-day-kindergarten upgrades, while initial work on a new $7.5-million Beverly Central School in west Flamborough will also begin, budgeted at $2.3 million.

While the board has also received $2.5 million to upgrade Spencer Valley, it is working to instead rebuild at Greensville school in collaboration with the city, setting aside $770,000 for that project for the coming year.

Capital plan boosts spending on Hamilton public school renewal

News Jun 05, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Ancaster, Dundas Valley and Sherwood high schools will get major makeovers as part a $69.3 million capital budget for the coming school year that nearly doubles the Hamilton-public board’s spending on school renewal.

Renovations to be completed at Ancaster and Sherwood by the end of next summer cover tech labs, cafeterias, specialized support program space, student services, teacher work rooms and administrative offices.

Along with upgrades to tech labs, Dundas Valley, formerly Highland, will get a $6.4-million addition to accommodate students from Parkside, set to close at the end of this month after serving as a satellite campus for the past year.

Dalewood Middle School in Westdale will also see the first $4 million of $10 million in planned upgrades stemming from a closure study that shuttered Prince Philip elementary school last June.

“From a renewal perspective, it’s pretty exciting and this is where we’re finally starting to see some of the dollars put into action.”

Board chair Todd White credited more predictable provincial funding for allowing trustees to boost spending on renewal projects by more than $11 million.

Unlike the past, the board has received money upfront and doesn’t have to wait for special announcements to proceed, the Ward 5 trustee said.

“From a renewal perspective, it’s pretty exciting and this is where we’re finally starting to see some of the dollars put into action,” White said.

“It very much is a good news piece that we actually have the dollars that we can put aside in advance to actually show what projects are underway the following year.”

Slated to go to trustees for final approval on Monday, the capital budget earmarks $25 million to start building new high schools on the south Mountain and at Scott Park in the lower city, both scheduled to open in September 2017.

It also spends the majority of an $11.1 million grant for a new elementary school in the Ancaster Meadowlands that is expected to begin construction this summer and open in September 2016.

Saltfleet District High School in upper Stoney Creek will also undergo the final $500,000 in work to complete a $5.4-million addition and upgrade to its playing field.

The spending plan allots the first $5.3 million of $19 million in provincial grants for upgrades resulting from elementary school closures.

This includes the initial $1.9 million of $7.7 million in renovations at Pauline Johnson, Ridgemount, Franklin Road, George L. Armstrong and Queensdale on the central Mountain.

East Hamilton schools that survived a closure review will also see $380,000 in full-day-kindergarten upgrades, while initial work on a new $7.5-million Beverly Central School in west Flamborough will also begin, budgeted at $2.3 million.

While the board has also received $2.5 million to upgrade Spencer Valley, it is working to instead rebuild at Greensville school in collaboration with the city, setting aside $770,000 for that project for the coming year.

Capital plan boosts spending on Hamilton public school renewal

News Jun 05, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Ancaster, Dundas Valley and Sherwood high schools will get major makeovers as part a $69.3 million capital budget for the coming school year that nearly doubles the Hamilton-public board’s spending on school renewal.

Renovations to be completed at Ancaster and Sherwood by the end of next summer cover tech labs, cafeterias, specialized support program space, student services, teacher work rooms and administrative offices.

Along with upgrades to tech labs, Dundas Valley, formerly Highland, will get a $6.4-million addition to accommodate students from Parkside, set to close at the end of this month after serving as a satellite campus for the past year.

Dalewood Middle School in Westdale will also see the first $4 million of $10 million in planned upgrades stemming from a closure study that shuttered Prince Philip elementary school last June.

“From a renewal perspective, it’s pretty exciting and this is where we’re finally starting to see some of the dollars put into action.”

Board chair Todd White credited more predictable provincial funding for allowing trustees to boost spending on renewal projects by more than $11 million.

Unlike the past, the board has received money upfront and doesn’t have to wait for special announcements to proceed, the Ward 5 trustee said.

“From a renewal perspective, it’s pretty exciting and this is where we’re finally starting to see some of the dollars put into action,” White said.

“It very much is a good news piece that we actually have the dollars that we can put aside in advance to actually show what projects are underway the following year.”

Slated to go to trustees for final approval on Monday, the capital budget earmarks $25 million to start building new high schools on the south Mountain and at Scott Park in the lower city, both scheduled to open in September 2017.

It also spends the majority of an $11.1 million grant for a new elementary school in the Ancaster Meadowlands that is expected to begin construction this summer and open in September 2016.

Saltfleet District High School in upper Stoney Creek will also undergo the final $500,000 in work to complete a $5.4-million addition and upgrade to its playing field.

The spending plan allots the first $5.3 million of $19 million in provincial grants for upgrades resulting from elementary school closures.

This includes the initial $1.9 million of $7.7 million in renovations at Pauline Johnson, Ridgemount, Franklin Road, George L. Armstrong and Queensdale on the central Mountain.

East Hamilton schools that survived a closure review will also see $380,000 in full-day-kindergarten upgrades, while initial work on a new $7.5-million Beverly Central School in west Flamborough will also begin, budgeted at $2.3 million.

While the board has also received $2.5 million to upgrade Spencer Valley, it is working to instead rebuild at Greensville school in collaboration with the city, setting aside $770,000 for that project for the coming year.