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Peterborough To Get Urgent Renewal Funding For Existing Schools

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Peterborough To Get Urgent Renewal Funding For Existing Schools

$1.6 Million In New Funding Will Help Finance $22 Million In Improvements

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PETERBOROUGH -- A massive provincewide renewal effort will give Peterborough schools the facelift needed to help our students succeed, says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Peterborough students will soon have better places to learn because of local school boards' combined $1.6 million share of the government's Good Places to Learn initiative. This funding will result in $22 million worth of renewal to schools that are badly in need of repair, Premier Dalton McGuinty and Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal announced today.

"Students have a much better chance at success when they learn in schools that are clean, safe and in good repair," said Premier McGuinty.

"Our government's Good Places to Learn initiative is all about higher student achievement for all Ontario students," Leal said.

For Peterborough, the new funding means over $22 million worth of repairs to existing schools, including new roofs, functioning windows, improved heating and better plumbing.

Premier McGuinty and Leal delivered the good news in Peterborough, one day after the Premier announced $280 million in annual funding for school boards across the province. The funding is available to secure financing for $4 billion worth of repairs, additions and replacement schools.

Boards are currently being notified of their allocations, so they can start repairs as early as this summer.

For students across Ontario, the new funding means $556 million for roofs that don't leak, $291 million for windows that open and close properly, $211 million for heating and cooling that works, and $209 million for sinks and toilets that don't back up, as well as additional money for septic systems, boilers, fire alarms and extinguishers, and other urgently needed items.

About $1.8 billion of the $4 billion will be spent to build new schools to replace old ones, or expand existing schools.

"Repairs and improvements that have been identified as urgent will be undertaken within 18 months," Leal said.

The government is also scrapping those parts of the previous government's funding formula that forced boards to close a school if they wanted to build a new one, even if they were on the opposite ends of town.

"Our government's plan for Ontario is all about strengthening our province by strengthening our people, starting with their education and skills," Leal said.

"Better schools and fewer school closures will mean less disruption and a more positive learning environment for our students. That will help them succeed -- and that will help Ontario succeed in the years to come," said Premier McGuinty.

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