Banting rebuild misses out on Ministry funds again
Posted June 19,
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
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.