The construction of Sioux North High School has been delayed. The school, which will replace Queen Elizabeth District High School, was originally set to open for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, but the opening date for students has been pushed back until after Christmas break.

“This past winter was particularly difficult and pushed us back a couple of months,” said Director of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Sean Monteith. He added that the board has spent nearly a decade planning for the opening of the new high school.

Monteith noted that students will continue to attend Queen Elizabeth until 2019, and no disruptions for students or staff are expected as a result of the delay. 

“We’re not going to rush into a building that is partially finished, just for the sake of being in it for the start of the school year. Five years from now, people will be talking about this amazing facility in Sioux Lookout, and no one will be talking about this short delay.”

Occupancy date will be on November 1, but the KPDSB will use the time from then to past Christmas break to inspect the building for deficiencies, and to move in their old furniture from Queen Elizabeth District High School, as well as brand new furniture.

“We’re excited. No one wants to move into this school more than students and staff, and we’re very excited to see this project through to fruition. We’re going to take the time to get it right, so when we do move in, it will be ready to go.”

The 7,000 sq. ft. building will also have space for students pursuing further education through Confederation College and Lakehead University, not to mention health services through the Meno-Ya-Win health centre, Firefly and Sick Kids hospital, and a cafeteria through the municipality of Sioux Lookout.

“Our students and staff deserve nothing but the best. It will be a state-of-the-art facility, and will be a great environment for teaching and learning in the 21st century. It’s a new age for learning.”

The building has a total price tag of about $30 million, and is the largest infrastructure project in northwestern Ontario. The contract was awarded in August 2016.

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