Revitalization in Rainbow Schools

Revitalization in Rainbow Schools

Manitoulin Secondary School

Celebrating 50 years of excellence in education, Manitoulin Secondary School has been reimagined to showcase its geographic location, natural setting, distinct history and rich heritage. All students will see themselves reflected in their surroundings and have a strong sense of belonging at the newly renovated facility.

Renovations not only include upgrades to the building’s automation, water, mechanical and lighting systems, but an inspiring redesign of the entire learning and teaching environment throughout the building, architects incorporated natural elements like cedar and limestone, as well as traditional Indigenous culture, like the four elements, cardinal points, the circle of life, and the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

Heavy timber now frames the front doors, which open up to a bright and airy foyer, flooded with natural light. New wooden ceiling beams and a fireplace bring warmth and texture to the space.

The redesigned cafeteria has modern round tables, café-style seating, lounge areas for conversation and quiet.The gymnasium, where new bleachers were installed, has sparkling new doors with a striking decal of the school’s long-time mustang mascot.

The school also features a new library with new technology, updated science lab, an agricultural classroom and refreshed washrooms, including a universal washroom.e centrepiece of the renovation is the multi-purpose cultural room in the heart of the building. A Three Fires Indigenous student space offers a central open area for ceremonies, smudging, drumming, storytelling, and teaching – all with a view through the main lobby to the main entrance and the central courtyard with benches, picnic tables, plants, trees and the sky above.

September 2019 – Rainbow District School Board has updated the implementation dates for projects and program changes affecting schools in New Sudbury and Valley North.

New Sudbury

Grade 7 and 8 students from Churchill Public School and Carl A. Nesbitt Public School will transfer to Lasalle Secondary School for September 1, 2020.

A new French Immersion JK to Grade 6 school on the Lasalle Secondary School site is scheduled to open September 1, 2021, subject to Ministry of Education approval to proceed.

The new school will accommodate students from Ernie Checkeris Public School, Carl A. Nesbitt Public School and Westmount Avenue Public School.

The Lasalle Secondary School site will also feature a multi-use sports facility for school and community use. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

Valley North

Subject to Ministry of Education approval to proceed, Chelmsford Valley District Composite School will be retrofitted to create a JK to 12 school offering JK to 8 in English and French Immersion and Grades 9 to 12 in English for September 1, 2020.

Once the project is complete, Chelmsford Public School will be consolidated into the Chelmsford Valley District Composite School building. The school will also welcome Grade 7 and 8 students from Larchwood Public School.

The French Immersion program at Levack Public School will continue until the Chelmsford Valley District Composite School retrofit is complete. At that time, the French Immersion program at Levack Public School will be transferred to Chelmsford Valley District Composite School.

Levack Public School will then become a JK to Grade 8 school offering the English Program only. The school will also be right-sized to reduce surplus space for September 1, 2020, subject to Ministry of Education approval to proceed.

Rainbow District School Board Centre for Education

Rainbow District School Board’s Centre for Education at 408 Wembley Drive in Sudbury opened in the fall of 2017. Education support services, including administration, human resources, finance, facilities, information services, special education services and consultative services have been consolidated at this location.


S. Geiger Public School welcomed students from Webbwood Public School in September 2017.

New Sudbury

A new Kindergarten to Grade 6 school will be built on an existing site in New Sudbury to accommodate French Immersion students from Carl A. Nesbitt Public School, Ernie Checkeris Public School and Westmount Public School. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

Lasalle Secondary School is being revitalized to accommodate Grade 7 and 8 students from Churchill Public School (English Program) and Carl A. Nesbitt Public School (French Immersion) for September 2018.

Churchill Public School is being revitalized to accommodate Kindergarten to Grade 6 students from Churchill Public School and Cyril Varney Public School for September 2019.

Valley East

Confederation Secondary School welcomed Grade 7 and 8 students from Pinecrest Public School in September 2017. A portion of the secondary school has been renovated to accommodate students in a distinct and separate wing. Grade 7 and 8 students now have a dedicated entrance, with direct access to lockers and classrooms. Construction of a new gym began this fall with scheduled completion by the spring of 2018. Redwood Acres Public School now offers Kindergarten to Grade 6.

A.B. Ellis Public School/Espanola High School

Rainbow District School Board received funding from the Ministry of Education to revitalize education in Espanola to accommodate two distinct schools, A.B. Ellis Public School (JK to Grade 8) and Espanola High School (Grade 9 to 12), on the Espanola High School site. Work began in the summer of 2014 and will be completed in the summer of 2016-2017.

R.H. Murray Public School

R. H. Murray Public School has a new play structure and outdoor classroom. Donated by KGHM International Ltd., the play structure features slides, a teeter-totter and climbing equipment.

The outdoor classroom, dedicated to the memory of Sheila Manninen, is covered by a large gazebo, which was donated by the Whitefish Lions Club. Flower boxes surround the area, making it an inviting space for teaching and learning. Rainbow District School Board thanks donors for their generous contribution.

Alexander Public School

Renovations are underway at Alexander Public School. The childcare is being relocated from the lower level to the main level. An addition is being built to accommodate a Kindergarten classroom. The space in the lower level is being renovated for a library and staff room. Work is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2015.

MacLeod Public School

The new MacLeod Public School is now open for full occupancy. An official opening celebration was held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

The school accommodates some 600 students in approximately 60,000 square feet. The play area for children has been expanded to approximately 174,000 square feet. The school also has a Best Start Hub.

Construction of a new green school on the MacLeod Public School site began in the spring of 2012. Green features include displacement ventilation and heat recovery systems, radiant floor heating, high insulation values in windows, walls and floors, and energy efficient plumbing and lighting fixtures. The roof has been built to allow for the installation of solar panels at a later date.

The main entrance of the school is located on Walford Road. A separate bus layby from Laval Street to Walford Road will greatly improve traffic flow in the area. There are also 93 parking spaces on site.

The new MacLeod Public School is Rainbow District School Board’s third green school.

Churchill Public School

Churchill Public School has been expanded to include a new 5,000 square foot gymnasium. The old gymnasium has been converted into two Early Learning Kindergarten classrooms. The Grade 7 and 8 wing of the school has been renovated, including new mechanical and electrical systems, windows, flooring, paint, cabinets and lockers. Part of the roof has also been replaced.

R.L. Beattie Public School

A 4,000 square foot addition has been completed at R.L. Beattie Public School. The addition accommodates three classrooms, an elevator, new second floor washrooms and a new gymnasium. The existing building has been retrofitted, including the installation of ramps to enhance accessibility. Administrative offices have been relocated near the entrance of the school. A modular classroom is being added to R.L. Beattie Public School in the fall of 2014. The roof and windows in the older portion of the school will be replaced. A barrier free lift will be installed to the right of the foyer, making the school accessible.

Algonquin Road Public School

An addition of approximately 9,000 square feet has been completed at Algonquin Road Public School. The addition accommodates six classrooms, new washrooms, a new gymnasium, a library and a music room. The existing building has been retrofitted and the playground area has been reconfigured. Algonquin Road Public School welcomes students from Long Lake Public School and Wanup Public School effective September 2012.