The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is continuing to make progress on their $30 million Sioux North High School project. At a recent board meeting, Director of Education Sean Monteith said that students and staff will be moving into the building after the March Break.
“They will be in the school this spring. The graduating ceremonies for that class of 2019 will be in Sioux North High School. I was hoping to be in there by now, but that’s not the case. They’ll be in there after March Break, and the school will be fully-operational.”
The 7,000 square foot school will replace Queen Elizabeth District High School, and is located next door to Sioux Mountain Public School. The building will 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.
The spaces for community partners Firefly and Confederation College are now complete, and staff from the organizations are beginning to move into the building now.
On top of a variety of community agencies, the school will also feature state-of-the-art science facilities, a large stage, sound-proof music rooms, estechian facilities, a 21st century learning commons – otherwise known as a library, art facilities, an emphasis on natural lighting and much more. The board even made room in the building to include a fireplace, part of a calming environment for students.
The board originally wanted students and staff to move into the new building by the fall of 2018, but numerous delays from a cold winter season have set the project back. Monteith noted that the silver-lining in the delays is that the quality of the construction work on the building has been outstanding.
A grand opening of the new $30 million facility is planned for this spring. It is the largest infrastructure project across the region. The contract was awarded in August 2016, and is on-budget.
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Sioux North High School will be operational in 2019
A tour of Sioux North