Three of the Near North District School Board’s top officials are hoping a resolution by Parry Sound Town Council will ensure an early start date for construction of Parry Sound’s new JK-12 school.

NNDSB School Board Chair Jay Aspin, Vice-Chair John Cochrane, and Superintendent of Education Craig Myles appeared before Council last Tuesday in hopes of speeding up the funding approval process from the province.

In his deputation on behalf of the School Board, Cochrane, who also represents Parry Sound on the Board, requested that Council approve a resolution that will urge the Minister of Education to quickly facilitate funding for the project that was already approved by the province in 2015.

‘We want a speedy response from the Ministry to ensure shovels are in the ground this spring’ says Cochrane.

In his deputation, the Board Vice-Chair and former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner noted that while the existing 68-year-old Parry Sound High School structure was in good shape, it could not accommodate special needs students, citing that some of the classrooms are located in a windowless basement.

As part of his request, Cochrane asked that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to Minister of Education Lisa Thompson, Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli, and Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller.

Council directed staff to draft the resolution which will be presented at the next Council meeting.