The New Lakefield District Public School!
As a result of $6.38 million in provincial funding for updates and renovations, this new school will be one of the most unique elementary schools in the Board. The many enhanced educational opportunities that will be created for students in the new school, include:
- maintaining the integrity of the 19 acre site (largest by far for an elementary school in KPR)
- maintaining the large high school gyms for school and community use
- a large new learning commons (library) with maker space
- maintaining a multi-purpose room/cafeteria with full kitchen
- new sound enhancement technologies within classrooms
- opportunities for enhanced science programming
- new modular classroom furniture to support 21st Century learning
- a dedicated music room
- newly designed Kindergarten rooms
- maintaining a strong Curve Lake First Nation presence within the local educational community, with continuance of a First Nation classroom
- the ability to retain Grade 7-8 French Immersion students within the Lakefield community
Renovations have begun at the current Lakefield District Intermediate and Secondary School site to transform it into a new, Kindergarten-Grade 8 school, starting in September 2017. All grades will move from the current Ridpath Junior Public School to the new site, as will Grades 7 and 8 only from Buckhorn Public School.
A committee of parent/community/school board representatives reviewed 162 submissions from the community. At the February 23, 2017 Board meeting, Trustees approved Lakefield District Public School as the new school's name.
The new Lakefield District Public School will continue to offer regular English programming, French Immersion, and Ojibwe classes.
Construction Update – June 29, 2017
Please find below a letter from Jack Nigro, Superintendent of Education, to Lakefield District Public School parents providing the latest information regarding construction of the new school.
Dear Parents and Guardians of Ridpath Junior Public School students:
I am writing today with some very disappointing news regarding construction of the new Lakefield District Public School (LDPS).
As you know, we have been working with Steelcore Construction Ltd since April on this exciting new school. Up to as recently as Tuesday, Steelcore provided repeated assurances to both school board staff and our project architect that, while a tight timeline, they felt it was possible to have the project completed by September.
At the weekly site meeting with the company yesterday, their representatives presented us with a new schedule that identified a construction completion date of December, 2017.
We can’t express to you enough our anger and disappointment in this news. We feel betrayed and misled, and we understand that you, the members of our school communities, will also feel the same way.
Steelcore committed to a contract for this project fully aware of our target date, and we continued to work towards this shared deadline throughout these last two months. We shared progress updates with you in good faith, based on their assurances.
While the company has cited unexpected underground plumbing issues as the reason for this revised schedule, we will continue to work with them throughout the summer break to advance this project to completion as soon as possible. We will explore all avenues at our disposal to compel Steelcore to expedite their work, and get students in their new school as soon as possible.
Given the timelines for this project, we had already developed and communicated a contingency plan to house all new Lakefield District Public School students at the current Ridpath Jnr. PS school facility. We will now put this plan into place and are letting you know that all students will be at Ridpath PS Jnr. to begin the new school year.
We also sincerely regret that we are sharing this news on the last day of school. We felt compelled, however, to provide this information as soon as we could after our meeting with Steelcore representatives yesterday.
We appreciate your patience as we move forward with this exciting project, and know that, when completed, we will have an excellent facility that will greatly benefit students for years to come.
Superintendent of Education
The right-sizing of the former Lakefield District Secondary and Lakefield Intermediate School site includes removal of the Intermediate wing in order to improve safe access and traffic flow for students, parents, staff and buses. The graphic below depicts the school's site plan.
Over 20 community organizations regularly use our schools in Lakefield after-school, on weekends and in the summer, for over 7,000 hours each year. We will be able to accommodate all of these groups in the new school. Beyond community use opportunities at the new school, additional partnerships at the school will include the following.
Child Care: a full-service, three-room licensed child care, with space for 49 children, including infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The school will also have a before and after-school licensed child care program for children in Kindergarten up to Grade 6. Both of these programs are in partnership with YMCA of Central East Ontario.
Child and Family Hub: Lakefield District Public School will also include a new child and family hub dedicated space operated by the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, for parents and children (0-6) to participate in early learning activities together.
Kawartha Youth Unlimited will have community partner space for its many youth programs and services, including daytime and after-school programs.
Nourish Lakefield’s Community Garden features 'field-style' plots at the west end of the property for community members to grow their own food. Partners include Selwyn Township, Lakefield United Church, and the Lakefield Food Bank.
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