UGDSB receives funding for new south-end high school
January 19, 2018
GUELPH, Ontario – On January 19, the Honorable Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, visited the Upper Grand District School Board office to announce that the province of Ontario will be investing in a new UGDSB secondary school to be located in the south-end of Guelph.
As part of the new investment across the province to build 39 new schools and renovate 40 others, the province will be investing approximately $25.5 million in a new school that will accommodate nearly 900 secondary students.
Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph said, “Our government’s investment is great news for families in Guelph. I am proud that we are making a real difference for students and families now and for future generations.”
Minister of Education, the Honorable Indira Naidoo-Harris was not able to attend the announcement but said, “Ontario is committed to building learning environments that support student achievement and well-being. That’s why we continue to invest in new, renovated, and expanded schools so that every student can learn and grow in a space that enables them to reach their full potential.”
UGDSB Chair of the Board, Linda Busuttil spoke at the announcement to express gratitude to the provincial government and the Ministry of Education on behalf of the Board. Busuttil said, “I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the provincial government and the Ministry of Education….The school will be in the heart of a growing community, where many students will be able to walk with their friends and classmates to school and help to strengthen a community bond in Guelph’s Victoria-Arkell neighbourhood.”
Director of Education Martha Rogers expressed her thanks to the Ministry of Education and to Minister Sandals, “On behalf of the students, staff and parents in the Upper Grand DSB, I would like to thank the Ministry of Education very much for their continued support of our Board. We are thrilled to have received approval for this new high school and look forward to creating a learning environment that will serve our students well for many years to come.”
Addressing Minister Sandals’ retirement announcement, Rogers continued to say, “I would also like to thank Minister Sandals for her unwavering support of public education in Guelph, and indeed across the province, for the past 14 years that she has represented Guelph in the provincial legislature. The Minister will be greatly missed and we wish her all the best as she begins the next chapter of her life.”
Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie spoke about the positive impact this school will make to the community of Guelph.
For more information about the new investment across the province, please visit the Ontario News Room.