Niagara Falls getting new elementary school, Grimbsy gets additional child care

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Published December 20, 2021 at 4:11 pm

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) must have been very good this year because the province had something special for them under the Christmas tree.

The Ontario government brought Niagara Falls $15.9 million to build a new elementary school and $2.8 million to create new child care spaces at Lakeview Public School in Grimsby.

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff, also the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, made the announcement while in town late last week.

Both the DSBN and the mayors of the two respective municipalities were happy with the holiday announcement.

Sue Barnett, DSBN’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, said of the new school, “Our new South Niagara Falls elementary school will support the southward growth of new families and students into the area.  The brand new school will be a bright, modern learning space that will provide an excellent learning environment to students for years to come.”

She added, “The child care expansion at Lakeview Public School (in Grimsby) will support so many families with children at different ages with the addition of one infant room, two toddler rooms, and two preschool rooms.”

Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said the addition of a new school to his city couldn’t come at a better time with city’s growing population.

“The City of Niagara Falls is poised for unprecedented growth in the next few years and this new school strategically located by the Government of Ontario shows support for that growth,” said Diodati. “It will greatly benefit Niagara Falls families by offering the best quality education right in their neighbourhoods and where we are growing.”

Grimsby Mayor Jeff Jordan said his town will benefit as residents could use the extra child-care options.

“I have lived in Grimsby for the majority of my life and have had the privilege to raise my own family here, so I know how important these improvements are for the community,” said Jordan. “The investments made will not only have positive impacts on the residents of today, but future residents as well.”

While it’s still a few years away, the new Niagara Falls elementary school at Kalar and McLeod Roads will include 21 regular classes, five Kindergarten classes , two special education classrooms, a spacious learning commons, gymnasium, as well as one infant room, one toddler room and one preschool room to accommodate 49 child care spaces.

(Photo below: from left to right, DSBN trustee Elizabeth Klassen, DSBN Chair of the Board of Trustees Sue Barnett,  DSBN Superintendent of Business Stacy Veld, DSNB Director of Education Warren Hoshizaki, Lakeview Public School Principal Bob Blake, DSNB Superintendent of Education Simon Hancox and Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff)

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