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September 4, 2014 - Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create an outstanding learning environment at Harmony Public School.

The following is an update as of September 4, 2014. Student and staff safety and well-being continue to be our priority.

Students will go to school on Monday, September 8. Harmony Public School will not be open. Students will be bused to three alternative locations, as noted below.

Although the school is not ready, we have made short-term plans for students to take their regular buses and attend class at three Belleville schools starting Monday, September 8th. The plan is as follows:

  • Primary students whose teachers are: Cornall, Cox, Crothers, Ford, Nash, Reid, Sakellis, Shillington, Slater, Tebo and Wanless, will go to Sir Winston Churchill Public School, located at 301 MacDonald Avenue.
  • Primary and Junior students whose teachers are: Graham, Little, Petch and Vella, will go to William R. Kirk Public School located at 224 Palmer Road.
  • Junior and Intermediate students whose teachers are Crawford, Kerr, MacDonald, Marcotte, Shortland, Vivian and Wong, will go to Quinte Secondary School, located at 45 College Street West.

“Our priority continues to be student safety and well-being. It was our intention for students and staff to be in the new school on September 2. Our decision now to delay entry for students will provide stability for families and will ensure that students are in school and learning. It will also allow time for our construction partners to continue the work. Plans for a smooth transition to our new school will be announced as soon as it is ready,” said Mandy Savery-Whiteway, Director of Education.

School start/end times and busing

  • The school day at each site will start at 9:55 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m., which is 30 minutes later than the normal times.
  • Normal bus pick-up times will occur in the morning and students will take their regular buses.
  • After school, buses will depart at 4:15 and return students home on their normal routes.
  • Parents/guardians should contact Tri-Board Student Transportation Services if they do not know their child’s bus number, 1.866.569.6638 or info@triboard.on.ca

We expect these arrangements to be in place for at least three weeks. The first day at the new school will be communicated as soon as possible.

A voicemail message is being sent to students’ homes this afternoon.

We appreciate the patience and understanding of our families, students and employees as we continue to work towards the new school being ready for students as soon as possible.

Background on the new school

In January 2013 the Ministry of Education announced funding in the amount of $11.6 million to build a 59,000 square foot replacement school to accommodate 590 students. The new school has been under construction since September 2013. Projected enrolment for September 2014 is approximately 540 students.

Significant delays in recent weeks resulted in families being asked to keep students home for the first four days of school.

It was necessary to demolish the old school during the summer to allow for underground cabling and other services to be trenched and installed from the road to the new school.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

August 26, 2014- Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is excited about the facility renewal advancements being made to create outstanding learning environments at two elementary schools.


The school will not be open for students on Tuesday, September 2. The first day for students will be Monday, September 8, 2014.

  • The school is very close to being ready. Construction is progressing and the site is busy with workers addressing a number of last-minute construction tasks.

  • The first day of school for students will be Monday, September 8, 2014, with the school day starting at 9:25 a.m. and ending at 3:45 p.m.

  • The school will be closed to students from September 2 - 5, 2014. Parents will need to make arrangements for their children during the day.

  • Two community will be offering limited access to day programs. Both are for Kindergarten to Grade 8, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 2 – 5). City of Belleville Recreation, Culture and Community Services and YMCA of Central East Ontario (Belleville)
  • During the week of September 2, board and school staff will be on-site to move in and prepare the school to welcome students, while some work continues.

  • During the week of August 26, the school administrators and secretaries will be at Foxboro Public School, 658 Ashley Street, Foxboro, to accept new registrations and meet with parents and interested staff, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • A voicemail message is being sent to students’ homes this afternoon.

  • For any inquiries, please use the phone number or email address shown below.

Principal: Louise Gunning
Vice-principal: Jennifer Hawkins
P: 613.962.7867
E: lgunning@hpedsb.on.ca


Student and staff safety and well-being are our top priorities. We encourage you to contact the principal with any follow-up inquiries.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to enhance the learning and working environments in these schools.


For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, mailto:kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

September 2013 - Construction is underway at Harmony Public School. Students and staff host a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate.

Background

In January 2013 the Ministry of Education announced funding of $11.6 million to construct a new school to replace the existing Harmony Public School. The new school will accommodate approximately 590 students in JK to Grade 8. Planning is under way. Construction will begin in September 2013 and the new school will be open for September 2014.

February 26, 2013

A Community Information Meeting was held at Harmony Public School on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Click here for a copy of the presentation shared at the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview of the project and time lines. Initial design concepts and draft preliminary site and floor plans were shared. An opportunity was provided for questions and feedback.

May 6, 2013

A second Community Information Meeting was held on Monday, at Harmony Public School. Click here for a copy of the presentation shared at the meeting. The meeting focussed on review of the interior design/floor plans and the project timelines. 

June 2013

August 19, 2013

Trustees approve a tender in the amount of $10,326,000 for Quad-Pro Construction Ltd. to construct a replacement school for Harmony Public School. The project scope will include:

  1. a new building on the current site of Harmony Public School; and
  2. modifications to the existing site including parking, bus loading and storm water drainage systems.

Your input is important. Please submit your questions and feedback to us. For more information, contact:

Sandy Smith
Community Engagement Officer

1 613 966-1170  or 1 800 267 4350, extension 2270

ssmith@hpedsb.on.ca

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