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Banting rebuild misses out on Ministry funds again

Posted June 19, 2017

For the second year in a row, Banting Memorial High School was not included on the Ministry of Education's funding list for a new building.

The provincial government announced this morning $255 million in funding for 10 new schools, plus 28 additions and renovations.

Simcoe County District School Board will receive funds for an addition to Clearview Meadows Elementary School in Stayner to accommodate 153 students. It was number three on the Board's priority list, behind Banting, and a new elementary school in Bradford which was the top.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board will be funded for the addition of a portable at St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School in Victoria Harbour.

The original BMHS building was constructed starting in 1949, and opened officially April 2, 1951. Additions were added in 1953, 1955, 1962, 1968, 1981, 1985 and 2006. Currently the building is 207,268 sq. ft. on a property site that is 12.7 acres in size.

A new school building would be downsized to approximately 146,000 sq. ft, and estimated to cost approximately $34 million. The Board's original plan was to rebuild it on the same property, but has since considered other options, including relocating on the Banting homestead property in north east Alliston. No site has been finalized yet.

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