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Ministry of Education Announces $27.4 million to Build New Kindergarten to Grade 12 School in Forest

January 24, 2018

The Ministry of Education announced a $27.4 million investment in the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) today to build a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Forest and provide 24 new child care spaces.

Deb Matthews, MPP London North Centre, announced the capital funding for the new school during an event held in London, Ontario. The Kindergarten to Grade 12 school will be the first of its kind in the LKDSB and will consolidate students from Aberarder Central School, Bosanquet Central School, Kinnwood Central School and North Lambton Secondary School into a single site at a new location.

"The Ministry of Education's investment to build a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Forest symbolizes a new vision for the future of education in the community," said LKDSB Chair Liz Hudie. "We look forward to building on the relationships established with the Forest community and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, as we work together to create an innovative learning environment for current and future students."

This is a significant milestone for the LKDSB, as this is the first Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in the Board. Moving forward, the LKDSB will be looking for an appropriate location for the new school site and will be working with the Ministry to acquire the property.

Senior Administration will work with the school principals to form a Transition Committee to oversee all "on the ground" details of consolidating the students and staff at the Kindergarten to Grade 12 school site. Senior Administration will work with Principals and School Council Chairs to establish a Naming Committee.

In addition to investment in the Forest Kindergarten to Grade 12 school, the Ministry of Education also earmarked $2.6 million to support a retrofit of the Full-Day Kindergarten space at Tecumseh Public School. This investment supports the consolidation of Tecumseh Public School and John N. Given Public School at the Tecumseh Public School site.

Read the media release from today's announcement: http://debmatthews.onmpp.ca/News/15109?rc=l&l=EN

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For additional information contact:
Elizabeth Hudie, Chair of the Board, 519-542-0939
Jim Costello, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297
Gary Girardi, Superintendent of Education - Capital Planning and Accommodation, 519-336-1500, Ext 31486

For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262
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