Ontario Backs New Community School in Meaford
Construction Set to Begin for New Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 School
MEAFORD — The Government of Ontario has approved a new junior kindergarten to Grade 12 school building to provide modern learning environments for students in the Meaford area. The future school building will also offer local families an EarlyON Child and Family Centre room, where parents and their young children can access free early learning activities and resources.
Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound and Associate Minister of Energy, joined the Bluewater District School Board for an official ground-breaking ceremony today.
"As Minister of Education, my top priority is to ensure today's students learn the skills they will need to get the jobs of tomorrow," said Minister Lecce. "That begins by investing in a modern learning environment right here in Meaford that will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities on the horizon."
When completed, the new school will accommodate more than 1,000 students from the surrounding area. The new building will be built on the St. Vincent-Euphrasia Elementary School site in Meaford.
"This is a very exciting day. Our community getting a brand-new JK to Grade 12 school is wonderful news for hard working families in Meaford, the Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands," said MPP Bill Walker. "I want to thank everybody for all their hard work in making this important project a reality. The new Georgian Bay Community School will be a bright light in this community and will serve the needs of students, families and educators for decades to come."
Ontario's 2019 Budget, Protecting What Matters Most, highlights the government's commitment to providing students with safe and healthy learning environments and providing families with more child care options.
- Ontario has provided the Bluewater District School Board with approval to proceed in the amount of $29.4 million to support the construction of the new school building.
- EarlyON centres offer free, high-quality drop-in programs for families and children from birth to 6 years old.