Wednesday, June 28, 2023
NNDSB awards Parry Sound JK-12 construction contract after funding increase by Ministry of Education
Near North District School Board (NNDSB) is pleased to announce that a tender has been awarded for work on the Parry Sound High School site. At a special meeting on Tuesday, June 27, trustees voted to accept the recommendation of the Parry Sound Building Committee and award the tender to Van Horne Construction Ltd.
Last week, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced the investment of $58.5 million for the project, which will see the construction of a JK-12 school, with $54.8 committed by the Ministry of Education and $3.775 million committed by the board. The investment includes $53.3 million for the school and $5.2 million for the childcare centre. Total funding was increased by $14.6 million in May of this year.
Board Chair Erika Lougheed said, “This is an exciting time for NNDSB. The new JK-12 school in Parry Sound will bring a state-of-the-art learning facility to students in Parry Sound and area. Being able to award brings us a step closer to opening this school.”
A request for proposal was posted on Feb. 2, 2023, with a closing date of March 30, 2023. The Parry Sound Building Committee met on Thursday, June 22 to approve a motion to move the recommendation to award forward to the Board.
“We appreciate the Ministry of Education’s support of this capital project,” said NNDSB Director of Education Craig Myles. “We look forward to working with the contractor to see the Parry Sound school come to fruition. We are so happy to progress with our vision of providing a new and modern 21st-century teaching and learning facility for staff, students, partners and the greater community.”
The Parry Sound JK-12 school will have 815 student spaces, 49 childcare spaces and one EarlyON room to support local families. The new school is scheduled to open September 2025.
Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Graydon Smith said, “This investment speaks to our government’s commitment to small and rural communities. We are determined to ensure that kids across Parry Sound-Muskoka have access to modern, state-of-the-art learning environments.”
NNDSB is grateful to the Government of Ontario for its support of this project.