Province gives Hamilton’s Catholic board approval to go to tender on the construction of a new elementary school

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The province has given Hamilton’s Catholic board approval to go to tender on the construction of a central Hamilton elementary school.

In a Jan. 29 news release, the province says it has given the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board “approval to proceed to tender” on the new build — a $16.2-million investment to “provide a new, quality learning environment” for students.

“Students deserve to learn in state-of-the-art, technologically connected and accessible schools,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce in the release. “By making investments like this one in Hamilton, we are supporting working families and providing children with the tools they need to reach their full potential and achieve lifelong success.”

St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School, located at 20 East Ave. S., will be rebuilt to accommodate students from the existing school, as well as from St. Brigid’s Catholic Elementary School.

The new elementary school will have 383 elementary student spaces, 49 new licensed child-care spaces, three new child-care rooms, and a two-room EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

The new school is part of a provincial program to invest in “better learning spaces” for students in Ontario. In the 2020-21 school year, $550 million has been allocated for new schools and renovations.

Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator