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Ministry of Education announces $3.56 million investment in Chatham Kent Secondary School

October 03, 2019



MPP Chatham-Kent-Leamington Rick Nicholls, on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Education, announced a $3.56 million investment in the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) today for a renovation and expansion at Chatham Kent Secondary School.

The renovation and expansion will improve school facilities and upgrade equipment, as well as expand the cafeteria to accommodate an increased student population. The renovation includes a refreshed façade to modernize and improve natural lighting. The LKDSB will also be expanding the busing zone to accommodate more buses and improve student safety.

“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential," said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “The renovation to Chatham Kent Secondary School further demonstrates our government's historic investment in Ontario's schools and our overall commitment to supporting our students and families."

“The funding for the renovation to Chatham-Kent Secondary School is great news for our community" said Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls. “This investment will provide a quality learning environment and new opportunities for the children of Chatham."

“We appreciate the announcement of $3.56 million to support a renovation and expansion at Chatham Kent Secondary School," said LKDSB Chair Jane Bryce. “This investment will update the school to better accommodate the needs of our students, provide enhanced learning spaces and allow for improved traffic flow in bussing and parking areas."

“We are pleased with the investment from the Ministry of Education to support the renovation of Chatham Kent Secondary School," said LKDSB Director of Education John Howitt. “The re-envisioned design will modernize learning spaces, expand the cafeteria and increase opportunities for collaboration and engagement to support student achievement and well-being."

Senior Administration will be working with the school to finalize plans and establish a timeline for the construction. Chatham Kent Secondary School has approximately 1,160 students and was built in 1963, with the most recent addition to the building completed in 2004.

In 2019-2020, LKDSB will receive more than $20.5M in renewal funding to maintain and improve the condition of schools.

Read the media release from today's announcement: PR Chatham Kent Secondary expansion funding_LKDSB.pdf

Architectural rendering of Chatham Kent Secondary School front facade by Architecttura Inc.

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For additional information contact:
Jane Bryce, Chair of the Board, 519-899-2619
John Howitt, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297

For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262
October 3, 2019