Catholic board approves spending

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The St. Clair Catholic District School Board has approved a $9,171320 in capital spending for the coming year.

Trustees gave the budget the green light at the board’s regular meeting March 30.

The funding will be split almost 50-50 between Chatham-Kent and Lambton County schools.

Director of Education Deb Crawford says the annual investment allows the board to provide “safe, healthy and well-maintained facilities for our students and staff."

There are no large projects in Thamesville this year.

Big-ticket items included a $500,000 upgrade to the interior of Ursuline College in Chatham, as well as renovations to the Catholic Education Centre in Wallaceburg.

The roof and windows replaced will be replaced at the board’s headquarters along with some mechanical upgrades.

Two other Wallaceburg properties, including St. Elizabeth and Holy Family schools will see mechanical and electrical improvements.

The roof at Our Lady of Fatima in Chatham will also be replaced.

The parking lots at three Chatham-Kent schools will also be refurbished with new asphalt going in at Ursuline College and our Lady of Fatima.

A total of $900,000 has also been dedicated to upgrading control access systems at various schools throughout the district.

An extensive $3.1 million renovation project at Sacred Heart School in Port Lambton is also the in the works.

Spending for the project is not included in the capital budget as the money is borrowed by the board and is reimbursed by the Ministry of Education upon completion.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald