Priority Schools are designated by the Ministry of Education and are made available at no cost to those organizations who qualify under the definitions set out by the Ministry for the duration of the funding. The intention of this funding is to make specific community programs more accessible to certain groups by reducing the operating cost to agencies.
The Priority Schools initiative is a joint project between the Grand Erie District School Board and the Ministry of Education aimed at making our school spaces more accessible in communities that need it most.
As part of the Community Use of Schools program, the Ontario Ministry of Education has selected schools throughout the province to provide enhanced access to its facilities during non-school hours. For these schools, funding has been specifically established to provide free access for not-for-profit groups with priority given to groups serving children, youth and low income groups.
For the 2016-17 school year, the Grand Erie District School Board has three Priority School sites: