A 25.1 acre parcel of land east of Jasperson Lane and south of Kingsville Arena has been purchased for the new Kindergarten - Grade 12 school in Kingsville. The announcement of the acquisition was made during a public event on December 18, 2019.
Mr. Rick Nichols, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, (pictured, left) disclosed the Government of Ontario's grant to the GECDSB of $2.7 million for the purchase price. "We want to invest in our students by providing them with the best facilities for them to learn in," he told the packed room at Kingsville Arena.
"I want to congratulate the Greater Essex County District School Board for its persistence and tenacity," Nichols noted in regard to the time its taken to secure the right piece of land since the project was originally announced in 2016.
When it is complete the new school will replace Kingsville District High School, Kingsville Public School and Jack Miner Public School. It will accommodate 1,700 students and include community daycare spaces. Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Ron LeClair said, "It's going to be exciting to watch this Kingsville School go from the idea stage, to paper and then to concrete and steel.
"Thanks to the people of Kingsville and Harrow, who have managed to keep the faith that the promise would be realized" Erin Kelly (pictured, right) told the audience.
The next step is for GECDSB facilities services to work with the architect on a design which will have to be approved by the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education. Tenders will then go out for a general contractor and then construction will begin. It should take approximately 2 years to complete the building., sometime in 2023.
In November, 2012, following a Program and Accommodation Review Committee report, the GECDSB Board of Trustees approved a motion for the construction of a new Kindergarten - Grade 12 school in Kingsville to combine Kingsville District High School, Kingsville Public School and Jack Miner Public School.
The Ontario Ministry of Education approved a business plan submitted by the Board and in April, 2016 an announcement was made by Minister of Education Liz Sandals to provide a grant of approximately $44 million for the project. ( Kingsville School Funding Announcement - April 25, 2016 )
The school will include space for 1798 students and an additional 6 childcare rooms. ( Childcare Provider Announced )