Children head to class next Tuesday morning, at two new schools with the Upper Grand District School Board.
Director of Education Martha Rogers says the new John Galt School, built on the site of the old Laurrine Avenue School, will also handle students from Tytler Public School which is now closed.
The board is also opening Glenbrooke Public School in Shelburne.
But this is only the start of new school construction.
The board will open two new schools in Guelph next September, and then two more the following year: one in Rockwood and the other in Orangeville.
And the Catholic Board will also be building a new school in Rockwood.
But both boards have also been busy this summer with renovation projects.
Rogers says 3 dozen schools were torn apart: some of them getting additions, as the board moves to handle full day kindergarten.
Catholic School Board Director of Education, Don Drone, says 10 of his schools got new windows, or a new roof, or an updated heating and cooling system.
Tests show Ontario students are struggling with math and
Education Minister Liz Sandals says that indicates elementary school
teachers may need more professional development.
Education Quality and Accountability Office results released
yesterday suggest nearly a fifth of Grade 6 students aren’t up to
the provincial standard in math.
Sandals says many elementary teachers come from an arts
background and likely aren’t as comfortable teaching math as they
are teaching reading or writing.
The good news was that literacy skills are improving with about
three-quarters of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students meeting the
provincial writing standard.
As a pilot project last September, Guelph Police, in conjunction with downtown merchants, ran what was dubbed “Project Safe Semester”.
Overnight on the weekends, portions of MacDonnell and Wyndham Streets were closed to traffic.
Port-a-potties were set up downtown, and a special taxi stand was set up on Carden Street.
Police also had more officers patrolling the downtown, and some south end neighbourhoods near the University.
Guelph Police Inspector Scott Green says starting Saturday night, the initiative returns.
It’s aimed at cutting down on rowdism, confrontations between pedestrians and drivers, littering and public urination, and its timed to coincide with the return of university students.
And Green says downtown merchants liked what they saw.
After Saturday night, the initiative continues each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in September, from 11 until 4 the next morning.
Ontario’s premier and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threw
themselves in the political pot debate Wednesday, confessing they
too smoked dope _ and more than once.
Ford, who’s been fighting allegations that he smoked crack
cocaine, raised eyebrows when he freely admitted to using a
“Oh yeah,” he said with a laugh. “I won’t deny that. I smoked
a lot of it.”
Kathleen Wynne also came clean that she puffed some pot, but
“very, very infrequently” and stopped 35 years ago, before her
children were born and she was elected.
They’re the latest high-profile politicians to own up to using
marijuana, after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted last week
that he took a pull on a joint three years ago while he was an MP.
In sports, Guelph Storm General Manager Mike Kelly thinks this is the year that his hockey club contends.
The Storm laced up the skates yesterday, for their first on-ice workouts.
The Storm open the pre-season Sunday, then host the North Bay Battalion, Monday.