Sioux North High School on track for fall 2018 opening
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
Progress on the new high school being built in Sioux Lookout is right on track, according to Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) director of education Sean Monteith.
Heavy rainfall in late spring and early summer put the project about 10 days behind schedule which Monteith said is not much in the scheme of a big build like this.
“I think residents and staff and students of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board in the Sioux Lookout area can visibly see the progress being made now,” he shared.
“The steel has been going up for the past several weeks and that will continue over the next few weeks until the end of, probably, September when all the steel structure should be up. Once that happens, the contractor will start to close in the entire structure.”
He added, “We might see a break in the action around Christmas for example, but aside from that, the plan is to see this project not stop until it is completed through to the end.”
“As the director, I’m extremely pleased with progress,” Monteith said. “I’ve actually met with the project supervisor myself and I’m very confident in the progress we’re making and the pace that we’re on now.”
Monteith informed, “The plan is to have the students and staff moved and relocated from the existing Queen Elizabeth District High School into the new Sioux North High School; and that’s a year away now.”
“At this moment in time, I’m very confident with our plan and its stay the course,” he added.
Monteith met with the entire staff of Queen Elizabeth District High School on students first day back to class, to personally give staff members a progress update.
“I committed as the director to that school almost five years ago that we would see this through to the end and that’s exactly what we intend on doing.”
“This build represents likely the biggest capital project in the education sector in all of northern Ontario at present,” he commented.
“There’s an awful lot of interest being taken in this building. I think it is generating interest at some pretty significant levels of government because of the fact that there is heightened attention now, as there should have been all along, on the needs of northern children.
“I think that the recent events in many northern communities north of the Sioux Lookout area, as it pertains to children, and their health, and their opportunities for success, have received attention unlike before. As a result this, Sioux North High School in Sioux Lookout, with the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, is receiving levels of attention that we have not experienced before and I think there’s a lot of anticipation about its opening,” Monteith concluded.