There will soon see more childcare spaces available in Sioux Lookout, through the work of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board and community partners.
Construction is currently taking place at Sioux Mountain Public School to renovate a variety of spaces to enhance childcare in the community. Renovations are set for completion early next month, when the transition into the new childcare spaces will take place.
“It’s a big deal. It’s a great opportunity for youth in Sioux Lookout to get introduced to the school, and it’s a one-stop-shop for parents. It will really help the community, and will set students up for success,” said Sioux Mountain Principal Darryl Tinney, who noted that he appreciated the renovation work as a parent of young children.
Work inside of the school included the creation of a new preschool room designed for 24 students, the creation of a new toddler room designed for 15 students, outdoor playground enhancements, a renovation to the school’s stage, an enlargement of kitchen areas, a parking lot expansion and renovations to the existing EarlyON room.
“So far, we’ve completed the parking lot to help with traffic flow of families dropping off and picking up students. Both playgrounds will see renovations, and will have more play-based learning opportunities. We’re really looking forward to this.”
Tinney added that the creation of the new childcare facilities involved the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the Kenora District Services Board.
Funding for the renovations was provided through a Child Care Capital Retrofit project, and grants through the Ministry of Education’s School Condition Improvement Grant. In total, the project cost just under $2 million.
The KPDSB is also close to finishing construction on Sioux North High School, which will be located next door to Sioux Mountain. Trustees with the board held a tour of the brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Sioux Lookout on Tuesday.
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A tour of Sioux North