Sir James Dunn School to Close – New JK-12 Facility to be created

Jun 22, 2017 @ 07:53

Based on the Initial Staff Report, School Information Profile feedback, public input and the Senior Administration Final Report, the Algoma District School Board also approved that the JK-8 school population, staff and program currently housed at Sir James Dunn Public School in Wawa, be relocated to a JK-12 facility on the Michipicoten High School site.

The recommendation also noted that the Algoma District School Board is to investigate potential community partnerships with whom space can be shared at the JK-12 site, thereby making it a desirable community hub. This would be contingent upon the Algoma District School Board applying for and receiving Ministry of Education Capital Funding.

In the event that sufficient funding was not approved, students would remain at their current sites pending further consultation in regard to future options.

ADSB Superintendent Joe Maurice addressed the question of timelines for the students of Sir James Dunn Public school:

“The board approval of a JK-12 model has now provided a direction that will allow us to request Ministry funding approval through the Capital Priority process.  Specific transition timelines will be dependent on the Ministry response to our request, the funding that can be secured, and timelines for construction.   As discussed at the Public Meetings, once these factors are known and a specific timeline can be established, a transition plan will be developed with input from students, parents, and staff from both school communities, as well as our community partners, to ensure a smooth transition. We will continue to provide information to the community as it becomes available.”

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