JK-12 Build – Parry Sound
On June 28, 2017, Parry Sound High School was chosen as the site on which to build a new Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 school and a new child care facility including three new child care rooms: one Infant, one Toddler and one Pre-School within the new facility. Working in partnership with the Parry Sound District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB), the Board will be able to create a seamless day for children and families from an early age through to nearly adulthood which is aligned with the community and Ministry vision for a comprehensive, quality and integrated approach to child care and education for families in the Parry Sound area.
Along with child care spaces, the new JK-12 school will house separate elementary and separate secondary learning areas with some common facilities and learning spaces to accommodate Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 students from McDougall and Nobel public schools, as well as Parry Sound High School and Intermediate School students including Grade 7 and 8 English stream, Extended French, secondary students and Alternative Learning students. Through thoughtful design and careful planning, the staff and students in the existing school will be safely accommodated during construction. The existing sports field will remain accessible to students while the new school is constructed.
Pre-construction investigations are underway at the site including a geotechnical investigation, a traffic study and a designated substance survey. The Board hopes to be in a position to select an architect in Spring of 2018.
E.T. Carmichael, E.W. Norman and W.J. Fricker Consolidation – North Bay
On June 27, 2017, Trustees voted to consolidate E.T. Carmichael, E.W. Norman and W.J. Fricker public schools into a new Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 build on the W.J. Fricker Public School site located at 790 Norman Avenue in North Bay. A business case for capital funding was submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Education in early September 2017. Should the Board be successful in it’s application for funding, a new facility will be built on the existing WJ Fricker site.
Secondary School Consolidation – North Bay
On September 26, 2017, Trustees approved the consolidation of three North Bay secondary schools (Chippewa, West Ferris and Widdifield) into two schools with the renaming and rebranding of the West Ferris (South) and Chippewa (North) sites. Since that time staff in all three schools have collaborated to discuss how best to use this opportunity to enhance student program options.
There is much transition planning ahead which will take some time to complete. The planning of transition activities will involve student, parent and staff voice.
In the interim, the Board is pleased to share its transition programming framework.
The following programs will be fully implemented in September of 2019:
|South Site (currently West Ferris):|
· Arts Nipissing Program / S.T.E.A.M. Program (Grades 9-12),
· French Immersion Program (Grades 7-12 zoned for Sunset Park),
· Extended French Program (All North Bay area Grades 7-12), and
· English Program (Grades 7-12 zoned for West Ferris).
|North Site (currently Chippewa):|
· International Baccalaureate Program (Grades 9-12),
· French Immersion Program (Grades 7-12 zoned for Alliance),
· English Program (Grades 7-12 zoned for Widdifield and Chippewa), and
· W.J. Fricker English Program (Grades 7-8).
*Widdifield Secondary School will close in September 2019.
The Board remains committed to providing parents, students, staff and communities with relevant and timely communication. The Board thanks its stakeholders in advance for their patience to allow for the time required to develop a thoughtful and purposeful transition plan.
Ontario Early Years and Family Services Centre at Land of Lakes – Burk’s Falls
Working in partnership with the Parry Sound District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB), the Board looks forward to creating a new Ontario Early Years and Family Services Centre for children and families in the Almaguin Highlands area.
The project is moving along well. Exterior design will be the final phase of the project and will involve the reconfiguration of the parking areas and a possible new bus loop/roadway with planned construction for early July 2018.
Child Care Addition at Woodland – North Bay
Construction of an addition for a child care facility at the new Woodland Public School began on October 16, 2017. Working with the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) and the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario, the future Woodland Early Learning and Child Care Centre will provide high quality child care for the Woodland Public School community from infancy to 12 years.
In addition to the current Before and After School Program, four, full day, early learning child care classrooms will be built with 1 infant room, 1 toddler room and 2 preschool rooms. The new facility will include an enclosed entrance and exterior play space.
Exterior work has commenced with the creation of the additional parking lot at the bus loop entrance. Construction will continue throughout the school year with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2018.
*The Board graciously acknowledges the financial support the Government of Ontario has committed to the Board’s capital projects.