APRIL 13, 2017 - PENETANGUISHENE, ON: Burkevale Protestant Separate School in Penetanguishene has received Ministry of Education funding for a classroom addition as well as facility upgrades. The $3.5 million project includes the replacement of a temporary porta-pac facility with four new permanent classrooms as well as upgrading the existing HVAC, lighting and other building components. Since the Protestant Separate School Board of the Town of Penetanguishene (PSSBP) has limited staff and experience with construction projects, it has entered into a partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) to assist with design developments, tendering and project implementation.
"We are incredibly excited to make these improvements to Burkevale School," said June Merkley, Supervisory Officer for Protestant Separate School Board. "At Burkevale we pride ourselves on providing a unique and dynamic learning experience and I know that our students and staff will certainly benefit from this new addition and school improvements. We also look forward to working with the SMCDSB to complete this project - their experience and expertise is very much valued and appreciated."
"The SMCDSB is pleased to support Burkevale on this project - this is an excellent example of how our board develops partnerships with our community stakeholders to share resources and find efficiencies wherever possible," said Brian Beal, Director of Education for SMCDSB.
Work has already begun at the school with an anticipated completion date of the fall of 2017.