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Hamilton school boards given approval to tender two builds

Dena Fehir
Hamilton school boards given approval to tender two builds

The province has granted permission to Hamilton’s Catholic and public school boards to issue tenders on new schools in Ancaster and Binbrook.

A new Catholic elementary school is in the works for Binbrook and in Ancaster, C.H. Bray Elementary School will be rebuilt and renamed as Spring Valley Elementary School.

“The new Spring Valley Elementary School will be a major upgrade for elementary education in Ancaster,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough — Glanbrook. “This project provides a safe, quality learning environment that will support the evolving demands on our students and education system at large.”

The new Ancaster school on the C.H. Bray site — which will welcome students from C.H. Bray and Queen’s Rangers — will accommodate 495 students and will include a new child care centre with 49 spaces to support families.

Spring Valley — estimated to open in the 2020-21 school year — will be a $12.25 million Kindergarten to Grade 8 elementary school. The 51,000 square foot school’s name was approved in May 2019, the tender was issued July 23 with bidding closing on Aug. 27 and completion is due July 24, 2020.

“We are thrilled to receive approval to go to tender on the new Spring Valley Elementary School in Ancaster,” said Alex Johnstone, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Chair. “We thank the Ministry of Education for its continued support as we build new and revitalized schools where students can learn and grow to their full potential.”

Meanwhile, in Binbrook, the new Catholic elementary school will be located at 400 Pumpkin Pass (at Fletcher Rd.) in Glanbrook.

The school will alleviate overcrowding at St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School — the first Catholic elementary school in the area that has been operating at over capacity for many years. The new build will accommodate future growth in the area.

The new school will have a finished size of 4,964 square meters and a Ministry rated capacity of 458 pupils.

Fourteen pre-qualified general contractors were invited to bid on the project and the contract was ultimately awarded to DeFaveri in the amount of $11,919,000 + HST. The total cost of the school construction project is $12,885,406; the remaining $966,406 will come from board funds.

“We are very pleased to receive the good news of the approval to proceed with the construction of the new Catholic Elementary School in Binbrook. It will greatly relieve student overcrowding in the area. I would like to thank MPP Donna Skelly for her assistance and support in moving this construction project forward,” said Patrick Daly, HWCDSB chair.

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