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Province gives TVDSB the green light to put Tweedsmuir PS expansion to tender

The Ford Government announced a $7.5-million investment in Tweedsmuir Public School Monday to build a new gymnasium and space for an additional 112 students, a project that has already been pushed back a year.

The project has been delayed a year as the school board waited for ministry approval

The plans for the extensive renovation include building a new gymnasium and spaces for an additional 112 students. (Google Maps)

The Ford government announced the approval of a $7.5-million investment in Tweedsmuir Public School in southeast London for renovations and an expansion, a project that has already been pushed back a year.

The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) submitted the plans for the project to the Ministry of Education last June and had been waiting for approval to put the project to tender.

The board planed to close Fairmont Public School at the end of the 2021 school year and transfer students to Tweedsmuir. With no approval from the ministry by the fall, trustees approved a motion in December to extend the timeline by another year. That means Fairmont will stay open until at least June 2022.

Once a builder is chosen for the project, the board will have to send another request to the province to put shovels into the ground.

The plans for the extensive renovation include building a new gymnasium and spaces for an additional 112 students.

"The funding for this addition and much needed renovation to Tweedsmuir Public School is great news for our community," said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, in a statement.

"This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for the students of London."

The funding from the province is part of a $500-million allocation for new schools, additions and major renovations.