MPP Thompson announces new senior school in Kincardine

Published on October 29, 2020
[KINCARDINE] — Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson agrees that it is important to continue to support...


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NEWS                                                               October 29, 2020

 
[Kincardine] – Kincardine is getting a new senior school.

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson made the announcement today as part of the province’s 2020-2021 Capital Priorities Program to support the growing community in and around Kincardine and to provide students with a modern learning environment. Thompson confirmed that $26.4 million will be invested in a new facility to accommodate over 880 students. This investment is part of a larger capital program Premier Ford and Minister Lecce announced last week.

“I have advocated for a new senior school in Kincardine for years because there is no denying that the current footprint is limited with respect to accommodating growth,” Thompson said. “This investment also goes beyond bricks and mortar - our government is investing in a new senior school so we can provide students with access to modern classroom settings and the latest technology which will lead to new opportunities and lifelong success.” 

Jan Johnstone, Bluewater District School Board Chair and Trustee for the Municipality of Kincardine/Township of Huron-Kinloss, welcomed the news. “A replacement facility for Kincardine District Senior School has been a long-standing top goal of mine as area trustee, and I am ecstatic to see this project come to fruition. Thank you to the Ministry of Education for recognizing the need in Kincardine, and to our local MPP, our many community and municipal partners, board staff and trustees, parents/guardians, students, and others whose ongoing hard work and advocacy have made this a reality.”    

Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie is thrilled with this announcement about education. “We are seeing investments in our infrastructure, our local hospital and health care, and now in our local education. It is reassuring to know that the province recognizes the potential and the future of this municipality.”

Thompson noted the Ontario government is investing $550 million in accelerated funding to build 20 new schools and make upgrades to 8 existing facilities.

She said it is critical that Ontario continues to invest in safe and modern schools that meet the needs of students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ontario government is also generating nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces across the province.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the investments are needed. “This government firmly believes that your children deserve to learn in state of the art, modern, technologically connected and accessible schools. We will continue to take action, like the new Kincardine District Senior School, to ensure students are safe today and well into the future by approving more new school buildings and permanent additions and increasing access to child care for working parents.”


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