JJ O’Neill Catholic School to increase capacity with provincial funding

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JJ O’Neill Catholic School in Napanee. Image via school website.

Ontario is investing $9.9 million to improve JJ O’Neill Catholic Elementary School in Greater Napanee by creating 331 new spaces for students as part of the provincial government’s commitment to “build modern, accessible schools and technologically connected for young people in Ontario”.

This investment for the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) was announced by Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings – Lennox and Addington.

“This significant addition to JJ O’Neill Catholic Elementary School is great news for the growing Greater Napanee community,” said Kramp. “This investment will provide additional choice and flexibility for families and new opportunities for students.”

Highlights of the JJ O’Neill Project at 240 Marilyn Avenue in Napanee. include:

  • 331 places for primary school students
  • 49 new licensed daycare spaces
  • 3 new child care rooms

“This news is very exciting for our Catholic learning community in Napanee. This school improvement will provide our students with additional opportunities to excel in a modern, accessible, state-of-the-art facility, said David DeSantis, Director of Education. “I look forward to working with our team and the school community on this exciting project. We thank the province for its productive collaboration and investment in our Catholic schools.

The ALCDSB said more information about this exciting project will be shared with the families, staff and community of JJ O’Neill Catholic School as it becomes available.

The project is part of a provincial investment of more than $600 million to support new school and child care spaces recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, according to a statement from MPP Kramp’s office. The overall investment would support 78 projects related to schools and childcare. As part of the investment, the province said it has committed more than $565 million to create more than 19,700 new student spaces and 1,500 child care spaces in schools across the province.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made safer schools a priority, which is why we continue to invest in modern and accessible learning spaces with improved ventilation,” Minister Lecce said. . “This investment is part of our multi-year plan to build, expand and update schools and child care spaces across the province. He will leave a lasting legacy that will benefit families for years to come.

The investment is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide $14 billion to support school construction over 10 years, according to the release. There are currently more than 300 child care and educational facility projects under development across Ontario, with more than 100 actively under construction. The Ontario government said it has allocated more than $600 million to support improved ventilation in Ontario schools. Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic DSB students would have benefited from a $5.3 million investment for ventilation upgrades and the installation of more than 750 HEPA filtration units.

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