Premier McGuinty is in Town, Visits St. Francis School
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August 7th, 2012 at 1:52pm | Last Updated at 4:52pm
Premier Dalton McGuinty toured St. Francis Catholic Elementary today to see the final stages of a major renovation. The Province supported the $1.8 million project to support the school’s growing French immersion and full-day kindergarten programs.
“This expansion means a bigger, better school for our students and good jobs for the people of Sault Ste. Marie," said McGuinty. "Building better places to learn is the smart thing to do for our kids and for our economy.”
St. Francis Catholic Elementary is one of more than 27,000 school renewal projects that have been completed or underway across the province since 2003, using over $10 billion is capital funding. Improving Ontario’s education infrastructure has created or preserved about 16,000 jobs, on average every year.
Investing in stronger schools is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to build the best-educated workforce, create jobs and boost Ontario’s economy. The plan is working, according to the Premier -- Ontario has the best public school system in the English speaking world.
“We’re proud to support this project so that students at St. Francis Catholic Elementary can have a safe, positive environment to learn and grow," said MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, David Orazietti. "Investing in our schools is one more way our government is strengthening education and creating good jobs here in Sault Ste. Marie.”