Addition for announced crowded Northwood elementary

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The Ontario government announced $4.9 million Friday to fund an addition to Northwood Elementary School in Windsor.

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The addition will create 184 student spaces “as part of the (Doug) Ford Government’s commitment to building state-of-the-art schools for Ontario youth,” an announcement from the Ministry of Education said. “The project is part of a provincewide investment of nearly $500 million to support new school and child care spaces.”

“We believe that students deserve to learn in-person in state-of-the-art facilities that are internet connected, accessible, with modern ventilation systems, which is why our government is delivering a major investment that accelerates construction to get it done for parents, students, and communities,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said in the media release.

“This investment is as appreciated as it is necessary,” said Erin Kelly, director of education for the Greater Essex County District School Board. “This will be a valuable addition to the students and families served by Northwood Public School.”

Enrollment at Northwood has consistently topped 1,000 in recent years and required up to 10 portable classrooms. The addition will create eight new classrooms.

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