The Upper Canada District School Board is pleased to share that they have received approval for occupancy from the Municipality of North Grenville and are now able to welcome students to the new Kemptville Public School (KPS) for the start of the 2017/18 school year, four months ahead of the originally planned date of opening. The new Kemptville Public School will officially receive its first students on September 5, 2017.
With a project budget of $13.3M provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Kemptville Public School began construction in 2016. This new school is over 4000 square meters and is designed to be a showcase for the community. It features modern classrooms including digital interactive display boards, project/resource rooms adjacent to some classrooms, air conditioning, an open, Learning Commons with a stage, in addition to a gymnasium and a large greenspace for a yard with new play structures and soccer field. The school includes dedicated busing drop-off and pick-up laneways on the grounds to ensure the safety and security of all Kemptville Public School students.
“We are excited to see this project come together so quickly,” said Principal Tracy Staples. “The staff at Kemptville Public School could not be more thrilled with the quality of the work and the fantastic design which will promote positive learning opportunities for our students for years to come.”
“I think this is really exciting for the staff and students to start in September and continue their school year in this new state of the art facility,” said Trustee Lisa Swan. “I was impressed by the size of the yard and the playground areas, including the shade structure.”
Kemptville Public School families and community members are kindly asked to avoid visiting the new school or the school grounds over the next week to ensure that staff are able to set up their classrooms and finish final preparations for the 2017/18 school year. An opportunity to visit the school will be made available to families on Tuesday, September 5th from 4:00-4:30 pm or from 4:30-5:00 pm. KPS will be hosting an Open House in the coming weeks. More information to follow.
Kemptville Public School will continue to share information with families as they approach the first day of school. Parents and guardians are asked to ensure that they have signed up for “School and Board News” updates through myfamilyroom.ca to receive emails. KPS will also be posting updates on its school website and school Facebook page as they are available.