Kemptville – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced today that the Ontario government is investing nearly $10 million in
two school expansion projects here to benefit students, parents and educators.
The province has given the Upper Canada District School Board the green light to tender a $7.2-million addition to North Grenville District High School. The investment will provide a new, quality learning environment with space for an additional 221 students.
Meanwhile, Clark also announced the Upper Canada board has received approval to tender a $2.7-million expansion of Kemptville Public School. This project will provide
choice and flexibility for families by creating 49 new child care spaces, three new child care rooms as well as two EarlyON Child and Family Centre rooms, said Clark.
“The nearly $10 million our government is providing for these critical projects in one of Eastern Ontario’s fastest-growing communities demonstrates our commitment to
supporting students, parents and educators. Whether they are just starting their educational journey or preparing to choose a career path, we want students to have the
best learning environment possible,” said Clark. “As our government makes record investments in education, I’m proud to be a strong voice to ensure they are benefitting
families and communities here in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.”
“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. “Our financing of the child care addition to Kemptville Public School and expansion at North Grenville District High School further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in Ontario’s schools and child cares, as well as our overall commitment to supporting our students and families.”
“The Upper Canada District School Board is thrilled to receive the news of this funding. Our community in Kemptville is growing and the addition to North Grenville District High School is one that will be well received and appreciated by students and parents,” said John McAllister, Chair of the Upper Canada District School Board.
“More child care spaces and an ONLearning Centre at Kemptville Public School will allow the school to enhance relationships with parents and give us the ability to show off our great facility. It’s also an opportunity to deepen our connections with the community. What a wonderful way to start 2020.”
“As a rapidly growing community, we are highly encouraged by the province’s commitment to expand capacity at North Grenville District High School, and to build a
new and larger child care facility at Kemptville Public School,” said North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford. “These investments will go a long way to supporting many
families and students in North Grenville.”
In its 2019 budget, the government announced it will invest nearly $13 billion in capital grants for school projects over the next 10 years to advance student learning, said
Clark. That includes allocating over $500 million this year alone for new schools, additions and major renovations.