The new Kingston secondary school currently under construction will be named Kingston Secondary School when it opens to students in the 2019-2020 school year. Trustees with the Limestone District School Board decided on the name at its regular board meeting March 21.
Kingston Secondary School was chosen from a short list of five names provided to Trustees by the Central Kingston Intermediate/Secondary Integration Committee. The final five names – Central Kingston Secondary School, Gordon Downie Secondary School, Kingston Secondary School, Kingston Central Secondary School, and Namwayut Secondary School – were selected from a variety of suggestions provided through two phases of consultation.
Kingston Secondary School will refer to the Grade 9-12 portion of the new 171,000-square-foot facility on Kirkpatrick Street. Module Vanier, the Grade 7 and 8 French Immersion school currently located inside Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute (KCVI), will retain its name when it relocates to the new building that will house the current student population at KCVI.
"The selection of the school name is an exciting and important step in the creation of a school community," said Central Kingston Integration Committee Chair Paula Murray. "Kingston Secondary School is a wonderful choice that strikes a balance between creating a new name for this new beginning while honouring our past history.”
The naming process was overseen by the Integration Committee which includes student, parent and staff representatives from Module Vanier, KCVI, and the former Queen Elizabeth Collegiate & Vocational Institute. The committee sought input from students, families, staff and the broader Kingston community through two phases of consultation. During phase one, the committee received 560 submissions which were then narrowed to the nine names that received the most support. During phase two, more than 2,400 responses were received, 739 from students. Based on a review of these results, and through consensus-building discussions, the committee selected five names that best represented the suggestions, and aligned with the Board's Naming of New Schools administrative procedure, for submission to the Board of Trustees for consideration.
“The Integration Committee did a fantastic job at considering the many names and ideas submitted, including soliciting robust participation from hundreds of students who will attend the new school,” said Murray. “We appreciate their work on the naming, and we look forward to their coordination of the new school colours and mascot, the next pieces of the transition process.”
The new school will accommodate 1,340 students (240 intermediate students and 1,100 secondary students), and willl include English programs in university, college and workplace pathways, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, and intermediate and secondary extended French and French Immersion (Module Vanier). The building will feature 34 secondary classrooms and 9 intermediate classrooms including several special and multi-purpose spaces.
Bondfield Construction began work on the $38.3-million facility designed by ZAS Architects Inc. in November 2017. The new school is expected to be complete for the 2019-2020 school year.