Kingston Secondary School Snapshot
Project scheduled for substantial completion next winter
Construction continues on the new Kingston Secondary School (KSS) and the 171,000-square-foot facility is now completely enclosed.
As we shared in December, unforeseen delays and disruptions have, unfortunately, put the project behind schedule. More than 70 days, for example, have been lost due to inclement weather since construction began.
Given the size and scope of this large and complex project, setbacks such as this sometimes occur. While this is disappointing news, the contractor remains focused on completing construction as soon as possible. The Board is anticipating the building will reach substantial completion next winter according to the current construction schedule.
Because the school will not open in September 2019 as planned, students and staff remain where they are at KCVI for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. We do expect to move students and staff into the new completed building sometime within the 2019-2020 school year.
Please know that school staff and the Limestone District School Board remain committed to providing you and your child(ren) with a safe and smooth transition. We appreciate your continued support, understanding and patience as we move through the final months of construction and into our new school.
Student voice informing new school logo/mascot
Based on the work of the Integration Committee, and student feedback from both KCVI and elementary feeder schools, the new school nickname is "Bears" and the mascot will be a black bear. The new school colours are black, blue and white.
Student Council leaders are currently seeking submissions of artwork from students at KCVI and Module Vanier that can be used in developing the school and mascot logos. Submissions can be digital or hand drawn. Student Council will then choose their three favourite submissions. Once the information has been collected, it will be forwarded to a designer for draft concepts.
Council is using social media as well as visiting all home forms to get additional ideas on what the logo/mascot design might include.The new school will have an official school logo, and a logo for athletics/school clothing/spirit items.
Active transportation enhancements coming to the neighbourhood
The City of Kingston has planned a number of active transportation enhancements in the Kingscourt area to prepare for students who will be walking and cycling to the new Kingston Secondary School.
These changes will not only benefit students, but all residents of the area. The enhancements include:
- a 1.6-km multi-use pathway from Third Avenue to John Counter Boulevard
- an improved pedestrian crossing at Concession Street and Leroy Grant Drive
"We want to make walking or cycling to the new school the top ways to get there – and provide all area residents with active alternatives to driving. We are also considering posting reduced speed limits and on-street parking changes on Kirkpatrick Street, an all-way stop at Kirkpatrick and Lyons and other longer-term enhancements in the area of Concession and Macdonnell," says Ian Semple, Director Transportation Services for the city.
There are additional proposed changes including the addition of rest areas (benches) along the path, speed and on-street parking reductions on Kirkpatrick Street, and an all-way stop at Kirkpatrick and Lyons streets. A report is scheduled to go to City Council in March.