Sioux Lookout's new high school will be opening in 2019.

Director of Education for the KPDSB Sean Monteith said he acknowledges that they wanted to be in the school by the fall of 2018.

"That didn't happen. I had committed to the community and the school that they would be in at Christmas time, or at least we would have occupancy at Christmas with a start after Christmas. But I'm not actually working the construction site, I'm getting updates," he said.

He talked about why the 2018 goal didn't happen.

"I think, if there is one thing I can say about why we're a little bit behind, is has to do with building a 30 plus million dollar facility in Sioux Lookout Ontario is not quite the same as building it in York, or Mississauga, or Brampton. So I think the climate and those things may have been under estimated a bit," he said

Monteith said he's confident in saying students will move in in 2019.

"The students and the staff at Sioux North high school will be in their school this spring. They will be in their school this spring, and the graduation for the class of 2019 will be at the new high school," he said.

He added that he's okay with that fact that they had to push the occupancy date. They would rather have the school built right the first time, then rush to move students in and have to go back and fix things later.

The 7,000 square foot building, located next door to Sioux Mountain Public School, will have space for students pursuing further education through Confederation College and Lakehead University, not to mention health services through the Meno-Ya-Win health centre, Firefly and Sick Kids hospital, and a cafeteria through the municipality of Sioux Lookout.

The anchor tenants of Confederation College and Firefly are expected to move in in January, while the students and staff should be moving in to the school after March Break. 

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