School Spotlight

K-12 Central Hastings School opens to 800 students

September 7, 2021—The start of a new school year is always filled with anticipation and excitement. This year that is especially true for students, families and staff in Central Hastings communities.

On September 7, 2021 the newly-named Central Hastings School opened as a K-12 school. This revitalized learning environment amalgamates two schools: Madoc Public School, which closed at the end of June 2021, and Centre Hastings Secondary School, which served students in Grades 9-12. CHS enrolment is presently at 800 students.

“We are pleased and excited to be able to start our new school year in this beautifully renovated space. The staff of CHS are ready to welcome students back to in-person learning in our new K-12 school,” said Katherine MacIver, Director of Education.

In March 2018, HPEDSB received $5.8 million in Ministry of Education funding, with an additional $2.7 million in April 2020, to consolidate Madoc Public School and Centre Hastings Secondary School to create a K-12 school. 

The project involved constructing a two-room Kindergarten addition, as well as renovations within the school and improvements to the school grounds. 

Principals Kim Reid and Dayna Scaletta, both of whom were at the two schools previously and are well-known in the community, will share responsibility for leading this school year. 

All CHS staff are excited to work together to support students from the Central Hastings area in the new and improved school.

school entrance
The front entrance is welcoming to all!

Learning Commons
The Learning Commons has cozy chairs and a fireplace where students can study and mingle at a safe distance.

outside view of Kindergarten addition
The outside of the new two-room Kindergarten addition.

buddy bench in JK play area
A buddy bench adds to the inclusive atmosphere in the JK play yard

cubbies in a JK classroom
The JK classrooms include cubbies for each student.

JK classroom play station
 JK students are encouraged to ‘pump and play’ at stations in the classroom.
stairwell multiplication
Stairwells include colourful numeracy blocks.


stairwell literacy
These stairs illustrate numeracy blocks, percentages and more!

school t-shirt
Every CHS student and staff member received a school T-shirt.

Junior classroom
This Grade 4 classroom is set up for student success!

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) serves approximately 14,700 students each day at 39 in-person schools (32 elementary, two K-12; four 7-12, one secondary) and a K-10 virtual school. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a geographic area of 7,220 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications and Privacy Manager, 613-966-1170, extension 62354, or 613-847-0696, or [email protected]

Last updated: September 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm
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