The Algoma District School Board (ADSB) and the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO) have received approval from the Ministry of Education to proceed with building a new, JK-12 school in Blind River, ON, in which students from both Boards (ADSB K-12 and CSPGNO K-8) will share the school space.
Since 2017, both School Boards have been working with Ministry of Education staff to collaboratively make the project a reality. The partnership will see them not only share space, but also be able to explore exciting, innovative thinking around program delivery and learning opportunities.
Conversations will continue with the Township of Blind River to finalize options for the selection of property. Architects, Integrated Design Engineering-Architecture (IDEA), will work to create a school that will ensure the latest learning environments for all students. The design will include a child care centre as well as an Early ON Child and Family Centre within the school.
Algoma District School Board Chair, Jennifer Sarlo commented: “We thank the Ministry of Education for funding this project which will help to provide unique learning spaces for our students. We are proud of our efforts in seeking out partnerships within the community and with our coterminous Boards and we look forward to seeing the collaboration come to fruition.”
Lucia Reece, ADSB’s Director of Education added: “We look forward to the public announcement with respect to the selected site. Following that, we will work with the Ministry of Education to determine next steps, which will provide more information with respect to the potential timeline for opening the new school. We are committed to keeping the school communities informed throughout this process, as both schools will remain open until the new school is ready to safely transition students.”
“From modernizing our curriculum to revitalizing our classrooms and their facilities, we are investing in our students and giving them every tool to achieve their full potential,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our financing of the new joint school, Blind River JK-12 Public School and École élémentaire publique de Blind River further demonstrates our government’s historic investment in Ontario’s schools and our overall commitment to supporting our students and families.”