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Ministry of Education announces approval of land purchase for consolidated Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Forest

November 08, 2021
​The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) is excited to announce the Ministry of Education has approved the acquisition of land for the location of the new consolidated Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in the Forest area.

The new school will be located on a site directly west of the Shores Recreation Centre in Forest, located in the Municipality of Lambton Shores.

“Working families deserve access to affordable high-quality child care and state-of-the-art schools with modern ventilation and safety top of mind,” said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce. “By acquiring the land to build a new JK-Grade 12 school, along with a preschool and two EarlyON rooms in Forest, the Government of Ontario is supporting working families and preparing their children for lifelong success.”

“The funding for this new school in Forest is great news for our community,” said MPP Monte McNaughton, the MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. “This investment will ensure families and students have access to a quality learning environment and child care that meets their needs now and in the years to come.”

“This is an exciting step forward in the process of consolidating students from Aberarder Central School, Bosanquet Central School, Kinnwood Central School and North Lambton Secondary School. We appreciate the ongoing support of the school communities as we continue to work together to build a school that will benefit LKDSB students well into the future,” said LKDSB Chair Randy Campbell.

The first of its kind in the LKDSB, the new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school is expected to include state-of-the-art facilities that include program enhancements that meet the needs of the students. The LKDSB continues to work with the school communities through the Forest Area of Schools Transition Committee and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation to prepare for the consolidation of students at the new site. The LKDSB remains committed to working with local partners to plan an inclusive school environment that is beneficial to student learning and embraces the traditions of its communities.

In March 2017, LKDSB Board of Trustees approved the consolidation of Aberarder Central School, Bosanquet Central School, Kinnwood Central School and North Lambton Secondary School into a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school. In January 2018, the Ministry of Education announced a $27.4 million investment in the LKDSB to build a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Forest along with a two room Child and Family Centre and a one-room child care centre which will provide 24 new child care spaces. Since the announcement, the LKDSB has been working with the Ministry to acquire a property for the new school.

“We appreciate the support of the community throughout this process and we are pleased to move forward with the next stage of planning for the site design and groundbreaking for the new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school. As well, we will continue to work with the school communities, Kettle & Stony Point First Nation and local partners to develop plans to ensure the facilities meet the current and future academic and well-being needs of students,” said LKDSB Director John Howitt.

The timeline for completion of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 school is still to be determined. Senior Administration will work with Principals and School Council Chairs to establish a Naming Committee.

For more information about the LKDSB, visit www.lkdsb.net.