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Welcome Back Note from Director of Education, Sean Monteith

24 Aug. 2016

Back to School!  Classes start on August 30, 2016!

Message from the Director of Education:

As I write this “Welcome Back to School” message as the proud Director of Education for the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, I do so bouncing back and forth   between looking out over my favorite Northern Ontario lake in Ear Falls, and watching my Toronto Blue Jays close out another win! Such as it has been for the past couple months, July and August…most of which has been spectacular days filled with     sunshine, great fishing, and good books. And knowing many of our families, our staff and community members, I suspect it has been the same for many of you!

However, cooler nights, shorter days, and amazing hues of blue and    orange sunsets are upon us, and with it an amazing time of year for      education: “Back to School”.

September is almost here, and I welcome all of our students, staff and families back to our schools!  Our schools in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board are sparkling, much capital work completed in Red Lake, Dryden, and Kenora; with work about to begin in Sioux Lookout. There is a feeling in the air of excitement, enthusiasm, renewed energy and thoughts of the year ahead with all of the promise and hope that Public Education can bring….education truly is the great leveler of the field. And nowhere in this province of Ontario is education more important than right here in the Northwest.

As you read this annual message, many parents will share the trepidation that sending your first kindergarten child to school can bring; trepidation that I can say I share with many other fathers myself, as I send my oldest son Aoedan off to college for the first time as he prepares for his journey in the trades. September marks the beginning of new chapters for many families, students, and staff who eagerly await the arrival of faces of young learners, looking to be inspired and they themselves to inspire those around them with stories of resilience and optimism.

The past year for us in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board was a powerful reminder of what can be and what hard work and innovation can achieve, when we work together and think outside-of-the-box. I see our hard work and enthusiasm as absolute traits of us Northerners. I also want to take the opportunity to extend best wishes to all in the region for a    successful year ahead, and specifically to the students, families and staff of the Kenora Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boreales, and Northwest Catholic District School Board. May we work together in a spirit of cooperation that supports all students in the name of public education, and as always, put their needs first!

Best Wishes for 2016-2017.

Sean Monteith,                                                                             
Director of Education



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.