Kentville and area elementary students will soon be getting a kick out of their new school. The Department of Education will invest $19 million to replace Kings County Academy. The new 570-student, Primary-to-Grade 8 school will be located on a soccer field beside the Valley Sports and Events Centre on Park Street. It is expected to open in January 2011. “We are committed to building safe, healthy and effective schools for our students,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “Kentville and area students will soon be learning in a state-of-the-art school that will meet their needs and the needs of the community for many years to come.” The project was originally a three-year renovation to the current school, set to begin in 2007. But after looking at the financial viability of the project, it was changed to new construction and site selection began. “I am delighted that students will soon be enjoying a new school in Kentville,” said Lavinia Parrish Zwicker, chair of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. “Kings County Academy has a proud history, and it will be very exciting for students, parents and the community to watch a new chapter being written.” The site is being purchased from the Town of Kentville. “Town council wanted to help find a home for the school at a central site near the downtown,” said Mayor David Corkum. “We’re pleased with the location, which will provide the students with direct access to Kentville’s superb recreational facilities, and look forward to walking through the doors of the new Kings County Academy next year.” The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will oversee the design and construction, which is expected to start this summer.