Trustees voted to build a new composite intermediate and secondary school in Kingston to consolidate secondary students from Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute (KCVI), Queen Elizabeth Collegiate & Vocational Institute (QECVI) and relocate Grade 7 and 8 intermediate French Immersion/Extended French students from Module Vanier. The school will be constructed on the former Queen
Elizabeth Collegiate & Vocational Institute (QECVI) property on Kirkpatrick Street. The decision follows a Program & Accommodation Review of intermediate and secondary schools in the central area of Kingston.
Construction on the 171,000-square-foot facility that will accommodate 1,340 students (240 intermediate students and 1,100 secondary students) will begin in September 2017. Bondfield Construction has been awarded the contract to build the school on the Kirkpatrick Street site.
The new school will 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.
Construction on the $38.3 million facility will begin within the next few weeks. A ceremonial ground breaking will take place in the fall of 2017. The new school is expected to be complete for the 2019-2020 school year.
In the meantime, students from the former QECVI feeder schools and KCVI feeder schools continue to be integrated at KCVI in preparation for the new school. An Integration Committee made up of students, staff and families from the affected schools has met several times already to help facilitate and provide input on the school design, name and school transition activities, including honouring and incorporating artifacts and other memorabilia from each of the schools.