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.

For more information:
Sioux North High School will be operational in 2019
A tour of Sioux North

More Local News

Lawyer fired after comments about 14-year-old

The services from a Toronto-based lawyer representing Kenora – Rainy River Districts Child & Family Services have been terminated, following claims that a 14 or 15-year-old girl is a “sexually mature…

Staff, students need to feel safe at DHS

The director of education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Sean Monteith, says the situation at Dryden High School is improving, but he says more work remains. "Staff need to be able…

Council's mandate includes policing vote, mayor

Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson says council was given a mandate through last fall's election, in order to make a decision on the future of the city's police service, rather than put the issue to a…

'Constructive discussion' at justice meeting

The Grand Council Treaty 3 hosted a two-day workshop last week, with a focus on reducing the number of First Nations people in the criminal justice system. Grand chief Francis Kavanaugh says more…

UNDRIP bill passes second reading unanimously

Kiiwetinoong member Sol Mamakwa wants to see clean drinking water and better housing in First Nation communities. So, he is calling on Queen's Park to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of…

Keewatin-Patricia waits for details

Reforms to education may help some students in the northwest. Sean Monteith from the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board explains. "The banning of cell phone use by students in classrooms for…

Ottawa to help skills training

Ottawa is offering additional funds for skills training, through their spring budget. Kenora MP Bob Nault made the announcement, after visiting with the prime minister -- as well as the minister…

Rickford 'cleaning up the (hydro) mess'

The provincial government is promising to keep its promise by lowering hydro rates by 12 per cent, as well as limit future rate increases to the rate of inflation. Earlier this week, Energy Minister…

Safe needle disposal tips

Residents are reminded to take extra care, while discarding of used needles this spring. The health unit says you should use gloves or tongs when picking up used needles, and to put them in a hard…

Treasury Metals talks about Goliath Gold

The Goliath Gold project is working through the permitting process with the country's environmental assessment agency. After accepting the latest response for information, March 15 marked the first… is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide