The Upper Canada District School Board has just released a statement about the new Public School to be built in Kemptville:

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) is pleased to see the Kemptville Public School project taking shape.

In cooperation with the Municipality of North Grenville, the board has retendered the project to move it forward, taking into account changes in its scope, said Jeff McMillan, board chair.

“We look forward to working with our municipal partner to move ahead on this important project for the community of Kemptville,” said McMillan. “We’re excited to get this process back on track for our students and families in that area.”

“I’m very happy we’re taking the necessary steps to ensure we make this new school a reality,” said Trustee Lisa Swan. “We look forward to providing our students with the top-quality facility they deserve.”

A call for tenders on the project was issued on January 28. The projected deadline for prequalified construction firms to submit tenders is March.

The new single-storey, 438-pupil, air-conditioned school will be located on the west side of County Road 44, about 1.2 kilometres north of County Road 43. Designed by Architecture49, the 43,836 square-foot structure will feature four kindergarten classrooms, 14 regular classrooms, an open multi-function resource space with a stage, and project/resource rooms adjacent to classrooms. It will replace the current, aging Kemptville Public School, located on Reuben Crescent. That facility was originally built in 1958, with an addition in 1978.

The board hopes to have the new facility opened sometime in the next school year.

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