One in five Hamilton public schools are in poor shape according to the board’s annual Long Term Facilities Master Plan.
And that is more than double the rate of last year.
The poor rating is given when the repair bills over the next five years will be at least 65 per cent of the costs for a new school, if not more.
The report now lists 21 schools with a poor rating, up from 10 last year, including 11 elementary schools and one high school, Westdale, that dropped down into the poor category over the past year.
However, Dalewood moved up to fair condition from poor.
Board chair Todd White said he’s not surprised by the report saying the deferred maintenance of the buildings means they are deteriorating faster.
He says at 20 million dollars a year, the province is not providing enough money for proper maintenance.