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Trustees approve awarding construction contract for new Sioux Lookout high school!

24 Aug. 2016

Media Release - August 24, 2016

After two years of formal planning, consulting, designing and working closely with the Ministry of Education and community partners, the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is pleased to announce it has awarded the contract for the construction of the new state-of-the-art high school in Sioux Lookout to Everstrong Construction Limited, with work to begin immediately.

Following the closing of the tender process and consultations with the KPDSB’s architectural firm for the new school, Evans Bertrand Hill Wheeler, the Board of Trustees voted at a special board meeting held on August 23, to award the contract to Everstrong Construction Limited at a total cost of $24,083,000.00.  Everstrong comes highly recommended with extensive experience in school construction and will utilize several subcontractors from Northwestern Ontario. 

Contributions from the Ministry of Education for the new Sioux Lookout high school total $24.7 million with total construction costs reaching $30 million including partner spaces.  The construction and ultimate completion of the new facility is anticipated to take approximately two years, with an expected opening in September 2018.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, said  “Our government is proud to invest in capital projects like this new high school and community hub in Sioux Lookout. Facilities like this support students by giving them modern facilities and greater opportunities to learn in a high-quality environment.”

“It’s exciting for us as a Board of Trustees to see this project reach this point today, where we are awarding the construction contract,” stated Dave Penney, Board Chair.  “We welcome Everstrong to the project and look forward to working with them as we get closer to opening up the doors to our new secondary school in Sioux Lookout.”

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, added “After two years of diligently working with the Ministry of Education and our partners, and with a year before that of working with the Ministry to advocate for this new high school, it is incredibly gratifying to see this contract awarded and this most significant milestone now met.  We are well on our way.”

Rendering for new Sioux Lookout High School


2016 Red Lake Road Run to support RLDHS Athletics

10 Aug. 2016

The 2016 Red Lake Road Run is a 5K, 10K, and Half-Marathon event in the Red Lake area that will take place on Sunday, September 25.  REgistrations are now open!  Click here to register!

2016 marks the sixth annual run with proceeds supporting RLDHS's Athletics programs.  The marathons are open to participants wishing to run and/or walk.

Visit or call RLDHS (727 2092) or email for more information, to request a paper registration form, or to volunteer.  Online registration and course maps available online at (click on School Events).



KPDSB approves contracts for roof work at Dryden High School and Beaver Brae Secondary School

14 Jul. 2016

Media Release - July 14, 2016

Work will begin on roofing projects at Dryden High School and Beaver Brae Secondary School for the 2016-2017 school year following the approval of roofing contracts by Trustees at a Special Board Meeting held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

The KPDSB is pleased to announce that Beaver Brae’s roofing contract has been awarded to Oakwood Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Ltd at a price of $1,675,162 (not including taxes).  The contract will see the replacement of the majority of Beaver Brae Secondary School’s roof.

Dryden High School’s roofing contract has been awarded to Racco Industrial Roofing at a price of $1,503,734 (not including taxes).  The contract will see the total replacement of 100% of Dryden High School’s roof.

Both projects were approved by the Board this past spring in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board’s Long Term Capital Plan.  While the work at Dryden High School was originally for the replacement of 55% of the roof, with the rest to be replaced within five years, recently announced funding by the Ministry of Education for School Condition Improvement and cost savings of having the work done all at once when the contractor was already on site, prompted Trustees to extend the scope of the original project to replace 100% of the roof at Dryden High School during the 2016-2017 school year.

Sean Monteith, Director of Education, stated “Dryden High School and Beaver Brae Secondary School represent our two biggest schools and footprints; and also in some ways the most complex roofing jobs that require attention. This investment in both BBSS and DHS will address these two approved major capital work projects quickly after Trustees approved the Board’s Long Term Capital Plan.”


KPDSB and Seven Generations celebrate adult education graduates

21 Jun. 2016

Media Release - June 21, 2016

The Keewatin Patricia District School Board, in partnership with Seven Generations Education Institute, held their Regional Graduation Ceremonies on Wednesday June 15th, 2016 at the Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre.  Opening remarks of encouragement and support were offered by KPDSB Director of Education Sean Monteith and Seven Generations CEO Brent Tookenay.  Also in attendance were Isadore Day, Ontario Regional Chief, Greg Wilson, Mayor of Dryden, and other Senior Administrators from KPDSB and Seven Generations.

Thirty-six (36) Adult graduates achieved their Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diplomas (OSSD) this past school year.  The students have been enrolled in their home communities across the KPDSB Board boundaries.  Satellite offices delivering Adult Education exist in the communities of Dryden, Ear Falls, Ignace, Kenora, Pickle Lake, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout.

The Adult Education Partnership targets students who are 18 years or older and have been out of high school for at least one year.  KPDSB has had a long standing commitment to the ever growing needs of adult learners in the area and through their partnership with Seven Generations was able to provide service to over 640 students who registered with the regional program this past school year. 

Richard Hodgkinson, KPDSB Adult Education Principal, and Sean Taggart, Seven Generations Principal, conferred diplomas to 25 graduates who were able to be present for the graduation ceremony.


KPDSB, City of Dryden and KDSB announce partnership for child care spaces in Dryden

13 Jun. 2016

Media Release - June 13, 2016

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board (KPDSB), City of Dryden, and the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) are pleased to announce a new partnership to move existing child care programs from the City of Dryden’s Children’s Resource Centre into the KPDSB’s New Prospect Public School and Open Roads Public School in Dryden.  The partnership follows the Government of Ontario’s vision to locate child care spaces in schools (or link programs to schools) to create seamless transitions for children and families.

The current Toddler and Preschool Programs at the Dryden Children’s Resource Centre will begin their transition into New Prospect and Open Roads for the 2016-2017 school year.  A total of 46 child care spaces will be available to families between the two schools.  The Dryden Nursery School Co-op will also remain at New Prospect Public School.

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, as well as school staff, are excited to welcome new families to New Prospect and Open Roads as we work together to support families in Dryden and the surrounding areas.

KDSB Chief Administrative Officer, Henry Wall, said “As the Service System Manager for Early Years Programs in the Kenora District, the Kenora District Services Board is excited to be working with the City of Dryden and the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board on this relocation project.  By moving child care spaces into schools, we are ensuring that child care programs remain financially sustainable and that we are creating community services that better meet the needs of children and families.”

City of Dryden Mayor, Greg Wilson, stated “It makes much more sense for those who are in the business of student education to maintain child care programs instead of the City; in terms of both expertise and effective space utilization.”

KPDSB Director of Education, Sean Monteith, added “As a public school board, it always make sense to reduce the number of transitions in a child’s life for their education; having the earliest learners in our schools maintains consistency and allows for seamless transition into school.  It has been a pleasure to work with the City of Dryden and Kenora District Services Board in partnership.”