New Kemptville school official opening

In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2017 photo provided by the UCDSB, dignitaries cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the new Kemptville Public School. The 44,000 square foot building was built by a Cornwall construction company. (UCDSB via Newswatch Group)

KEMPTVILLE – School board officials held a symbolic opening Thursday for Kemptville’s newest public school.

The ribbon cutting at the new Kemptville Public School, which has been open for nearly two months, was also marked with student performances as well as speeches by several dignitaries.

The $13 million building was paid for by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

It features modern classrooms including digital interactive display units, an open Learning Commons with a stage, project/resource rooms, a modern gymnasium, and a large greenspace for a yard with new play structures and a soccer field.

Construction of the nearly 44,000 square foot Kemptville Public School on County Road 44, just north of County Road 43, was meant to replace the aging school on Reuben Crescent, which was built in the 1950s.

The school was built by Bourgon Construction of Cornwall, Ont. — one of six bidders for the project.