McGuinty Government Investing In Success For Northern Students

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McGuinty Government Investing In Success For Northern Students

Ministry of Education

North Bay Students Benefit From New Programs, More Primary Teachers NORTH BAY, ON, May 5 - Innovative high school projects and smaller primary classes are providing North Bay students with greater opportunities for success in school, said Education Minister Gerard Kennedy today. "All Ontario students deserve a good outcome from our publicly funded education system," said Kennedy. "For the first time in a long time, students in North Bay and other northern communities are getting the individual attention they need to succeed." Kennedy visited the trades and technology program at West Ferris Secondary School with Nipissing MPP Monique Smith as part of a local tour during Education Week. The program offers students an alternative way to gain secondary school credits while using state-of-the-art-technology to design garages and sheds. Following a $58,000 investment from the McGuinty government, the program recently expanded from 12 to 22 students, allowing students from other schools in the city to enroll. This funding was part of the government's $18 million investment provincewide to boost projects that help reduce the number of students who do not graduate from high school or create new innovative approaches. "The evidence is clear that the McGuinty government's commitment to education is having an impact in Nipissing," said MPP Smith. "With the additional teachers we have hired, smaller class sizes and a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy, I believe our government has made great strides to ensuring that every student in Nipissing has the opportunity to receive quality education." Other results of the government's investment in North Bay and neighbouring communities include: - Full-day kindergarten class - A $627,500 government investment allowed the Nipissing Parry Sound Catholic District School Board to hire more kindergarten teachers and expand classes at 13 schools from half-day to full-day programs. - More primary teachers - Smaller primary classes at 27 North Bay and area schools resulted from hiring new primary teachers through a government investment of over $900,000 to the four local district school boards. - More help for struggling elementary school students - A $180,000 injection for the Near North District School Board provided new literacy and numeracy projects for Aboriginal students and students in selected schools. "We are rebuilding Ontario's publicly funded education system after years of cutbacks," said Kennedy. "It's great to see that students all across the province, including right here in North Bay, are benefiting." Disponible en fran├žais. www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Amanda Alvaro, Minister's Office, (416) 325-2632, (416) 509-5696 (cell); Wilma Davis, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6730; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892