Minister Lecce and MPP Oosterhoff Visit Niagara Schools

Published on September 11, 2020

Wainfleet - Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, joined Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, today, for a tour of two key elementary schools in Niagara West, including Twenty Valley Public School in Vineland and St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School in Wainfleet.

The Minister and MPP Oosterhoff were welcomed at Twenty Valley Public School by Warren Hoshizaki, Director of Education, and Sue Barnett, Chair of the District School Board of Niagara; local trustee, Elizabeth Klassen, as well as Sara DeVivitiis, Principal, and Lori Moccio, Vice-Principal at the Vineland campus.

The Minister and MPP Oosterhoff were also joined by Sandra Easton, Mayor of the Town of Lincoln.

"We were able to interact with a number of teachers, administrators and students during the Minister's visit in Niagara and were greatly impressed by the professionalism and pride of our local educators," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"The visit was an opportunity to join our local dedicated educators as they begin the new school year and welcome back students to their classrooms."

"While COVID-19 has forced upon us many changes to our schools and our lives, some things remain constant. The importance of quality education, our collective mental health and the safety of our students and staff," said Minister Lecce.

"This year is like no other in our past. I am fiercely proud of our province, and our collective efforts, including here in Niagara. We will overcome any challenge on the horizon, so long as we continue to work together in the interests of our students."

The visit at Twenty Valley Public School was followed by a visit to St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School in Wainfleet.

The province has given the District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Catholic District School Board approvals for a new joint elementary school in Wainfleet. An investment that will provide a new, quality learning environment for students in Wainfleet, as well as new child care rooms, the project is part of the province's capital investment program of over $500 million to build 30 new schools and make upgrades to 15 existing facilities.

"The funding for this new joint elementary school is great news for our community," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for students in Wainfleet."

The Minister and MPP Oosterhoff were welcomed at St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School by Camillo Cipriano, Director of Education, as well as Frank Fera, Chair; Dino Sicoli, Vice-Chair and Kelly Pisek, Superintendent of the Niagara Catholic District School Board, as well as local trustee, Doug Newton and Kimberly Kuchar, Principal at the Wainfleet campus.

The Minister and MPP Oosterhoff were also joined by Sherri Van Vliet, Deputy Mayor of the Township of Wainfleet.

With a total 587 elementary student spaces, the new joint school in Wainfleet will support the consolidation of the District School Board of Niagara's William E. Brown Public School and Winger Public School and replacement of the existing St. Elizabeth school for the Niagara Catholic District School Board.