Forest to get new ‘K to 12’ school

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A Chatham architect has been hired to design a new kindergarten through Grade 12 school in Forest for the Lambton Kent District School Board. Construction on the more than $27-million project could begin next spring, at a site still be to determined.

The Lambton Kent District School Board has approved hiring Chatham architect, ROA Studio Inc., to design and tender a new school in Forest for students from kindergarten through to high school graduation — the board’s first ever so-called “K to 12” school.

According to The Observer, the school will be able to accommodate between 1,000-1,100 students and will be replacing North Lambton Secondary School in Forest and three other schools in surrounding areas.

The design part alone is expected to take between six and eight months. In these types of schools, elementary and high school students typically have classrooms in different sections of the building but share common areas, such as the gym, cafeteria and library.

Tendering for construction is expected to happen next winter with a ground-breaking in the spring of 2019.

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