The Chair of the Hamilton Public School board is sounding optimistic about being able to refurbish many of the 21 schools now listed as in “poor condition.”
A 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.
Todd White says most of the schools on the list were built in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and need repairs to their rooves, windows, doors and boilers.
He says a lot of them are small suburban or rural schools that were part of the old Wentworth Board.
But White says work on half of the schools on the list is already planned and the province has more than 450 million dollars available for special grants to make the necessary repairs, or build new schools, to replace many of the other schools on the list.
He says the board is currently applying for those special grants he’s confident it will get much of the money needed.
He also points out that any health and safety issues are dealt with immediately.