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Catholic school board plans to spend close to $ 16 million on school improvements this year

Schools are normally pretty quiet during the summer months, but there will be a great deal of noise and activity this year as the Catholic school board works toward completing more than $ 15.9 million in capital projects.

The ambitious list of projects was presented to trustees by Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board facilities services manager Richard Driscoll during a recent committee of the whole meeting.

These include:

$ 5,464,198 for a new classroom addition at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Douro

Million million 1 million to replace the roof at St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough

$ 1.5 million to replace three classrooms at St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Lakefield

• $ 1.5 million for parking lot improvements at St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Norwood

$ 60 960,000 to install classroom ventilation units and replacement of classroom / boiler, exterior doors and window coverings at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Campbellford

• 850,000 to replace the roof and install an elevator at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Lindsay

63 63 1,632,930 to replace the roof, upgrade fire alarm devices and erect a track equipment storage shed at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough

$ 810,000 to replace windows, fire alarm devices and a chiller system, as well as renovate fitness rooms at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Cobourg

The school board is also spending $ 500,000 to replace windows at the Catholic Education Center in Peterborough.

Funds to cover the cost of this work will come from a variety of sources including:

• Facility School Renewal funding, annually allocated through Grants for Student Needs. This is an enveloped amount and any funds not spent in a particular fiscal year will carry forward to the next fiscal year.

• School Condition Improvement (SCI) funding, annually allocated through GSN. This an enveloped amount and any funds not spent in a particular fiscal year will carry forward to the next fiscal year.

Capital Priorities funding program, specific funding allocated for large scale projects which require submissions of business cases on a periodic basis.

• COVID Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) funding, one-time allocation flowing from the federal and provincial governments on a series of projects supporting health and safety measures related to COVID. Any funds not spent will be recovered by the government.

Driscoll said it is hoped to have the majority of the work done while students are on summer break but crews will do their best to minimize disruptions should projects continue into the new school year.

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