Money for Williamstown Public School addition

Williamstown Public School on County Road 17 in South Glengarry, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

WILLIAMSTOWN – The provincial government has confirmed it will pay the Upper Canada District School Board to build an addition to Williamstown Public School.

“The funding…is great news for our community,” local MPP Jim McDonell said in a statement Thursday. “This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for the children of South Glengarry.”

In 2017, the Williamstown addition was estimated to cost $4.2 million, based on the UCDSB’s capital works list.

The addition will add 121 student spaces to bring the school’s capacity to 380.

Williamstown Public School is on County Road 17.

It was one of two announcements for the Upper Canada board. There’s $3.2 million for Westminster Public School in Brockville to add 25 child care spaces, two child care rooms and build an addition to the gymnasium.

The announcements were part of Premier Doug Ford’s recent pledge to spend $500 million to build 30 new schools and upgrade 15 others.

The Upper Canada District School Board will hold a news conference at the school at 1:30 p.m. on Monday (July 27) to make the announcement again with McDonell and school board trustees.