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Province announces funding for new school

Durham MPP Lindsey Park was in Oshawa recently to announce $14.3 million in provincial funding for a new school in north Oshawa. (Photo by Courtney Bachar)

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is getting $14.3 million from the province for a new school in North Oshawa.

The new school will include 536 new elementary students, 73 newly licensed child care spaces, and four child care rooms.

“We’re always happy when the provincial government gives money to Durham, in this case particularly to Oshawa, to build something that we actually need,” says Deputy Mayor Bob Chapman.

Speaking outside of Northern Dancer Public School, Durham MPP Lindsey Park noted children enjoying time outside as she announced the funding.

“Our government firmly believes that the children of Durham deserve to learn in a modern, state-of-the-art, and accessible building with the latest technology,” says Park.

She says every time she speaks to a new family moving to North Oshawa, they ask what their childcare options are.

“For families in Oshawa this investment will mean a new and improved, modern learning environment,” says Park. “It will also mean more childcare options during children’s early years.”

Oshawa DDSB Trustee Darlene Forbes says the announcement is good news for families in Oshawa.

“It will provide stability for parents knowing their children will be able to attend an elementary school in their neighbourhood,” she says.

This announcement is part of the $550 million investment by the provincial government recently announced by Minister of Education Stephen Lecce to support a new round of local capital priorities for this school year.