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New French Catholic school being built in Kemptville

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Nearly $15-million from the Ontario government is going towards building a new school for students in Kindergarten all the way to grade 12 in our community.

The money comes from a broader investment of nearly $500-million into building a new school and childcare facilities across Ontario. 

The new school, called “École élémentaire et secondaire catholique Notre-Dame,” is going to be run by one of the region’s French Catholic school boards, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). 

MPP Steve Clark says the school will have “417 student spaces and 39 licensed child care spaces.” It will be the second CECCE school in Kemptville.

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Mayor Nancy Peckford says the school will help strengthen the board’s presence in North Grenville. “Ensuring that parents can choose high quality, French language education for their children in this region is vitally important,” she says.

The board’s chair, Johanne Lacombe, is thanking the province for the funding. 

“This investment demonstrates that the government has the interests of the Francophone community of Kemptville at heart,” she says, “and that it considers it essential that the region’s students have access to a first-rate education in French.”

A spokesperson for MPP Clark says the school is expected to be completed during the 2026-27 school year.

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