Backgrounder – McGuinty Government Helping Sault Ste Marie-area Students Succeed
TORONTO, Jan. 23 – The McGuinty government’s annual funding for Sault Ste Marie-area schools since 2002-03 has increased by $13.5 million or 8.4 per cent.
Using this investment, the Algoma District School Board and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board have been able to:
– Add 29 primary teachers over the past three years to reduce class sizes and move Ontario closer to achieving a cap of 20 students per primary class.
– Add 12 specialist elementary teachers to provide a full range of learning including physical education, arts, music and drama.
– Repair or replace seven sets of window, 19 roofs, six boilers and 70 other projects through the first stage of Good Places to Learn funding totalling $12.1 million. – Launch 13 innovative Student Success Lighthouse pilot projects during the past three years to help high school students earn credits and return to school. Funded through investments totalling more than $800,000, these projects include an aboriginal student mentorship program and a house construction course to promote careers in the skilled trades.
– Create a dual credit program with Sault College that allows 40 Grade 11 and 12 students to choose from 15 college courses including business law, construction materials and natural resources career management.
– Add 14 Student Success Teachers who identify and support high school students needing extra help to succeed, provide more options for learning and monitor student progress.
– Eliminate or reduce fees paid to use school facilities by not-for-profit community groups, such as the Soo Badminton Club and the Musical Comedy Guild.
– Support Parkland Public School, a designated School On The Move, in their efforts to share effective teaching practices with schools across the province.
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For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister’s Office, (416) 212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892
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