Williamstown Public School expansion going forward

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By Nick Seebruch
Williamstown Public School expansion going forward
Pictured from left-to-right: Ward 9 Trustee John Danaher, Superintendent Susan Rutters, Director of Education Ron Ferguson, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell, Vice-Principal Kimberly Swerdfeger and Principal Adele Perry (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ontario – The project to expand Williamstown Public School (WPS) is ready to go to tender. Representatives from the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), WPS, and the province of Ontario met at the elementary school on Monday, Feb. 7 to discuss the projects progress.

Initially, the project had been set at $3.7 million to expand WPS and add 118 more student spaces. The project has grown with cash from the UCDSB renewal fund to add more upgrades to the school including high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, a retrofit of the school’s HVAC system, a wheelchair lift, solar panels, new outdoor signage, renovations to the courtyard and upgrades to the electrical supply.

The expanded student spaces are much needed for the school, which has around 260 student spaces and 373 students.

“This is great news for South Glengarry and more importantly great news for our students here at Williamstown Public as they continue to traverse their elementary school years,” said John Danaher, UCDSB Trustee for Ward 9. “This means that our school can stand toe-to-toe with any school in the province.”

The expansion will add four new regular classrooms and one new Kindergarten classroom, as well as wshrooms.

The new classrooms will be equipped with the latest educational tools including whiteboards and televisions.

“The funding for this addition to the Williamstown Public School is great news for our community,” added Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for the children of South Glengarry.”

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