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. To further enhance services for families, capital funding has been committed by the Government of Ontario to build a new EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the new school. 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.