Construction work is set to begin at Owen Sound District Secondary School with students now off on their summer breaks.
Owen Sound city council gave conditional approval at its June 25 meeting to a site plan at OSDSS which calls for a number of modifications to the south end of the school's property.
Bluewater District School Board Superintendent of Business Services Rob Cummings says this is Phase 2 of an $8-million capital project funded by the Ministry of Education. He says OSDSS will undergo major reconfiguration near the main entrance that will see the construction of a new vestibule and the creation of a new student drop-off area.
The current 29 parking spots will be removed and 57 new spaces will be built. Cummings says there will also be new bicycle racks installed to encourage active transportation.
The project will see the removal of two tennis courts, lowering the amount outside the school to four.
A report by Owen Sound community planner Margaret Potter says additional work includes the re-location of the beach volleyball court and the addition of two new sidewalks from 9th Avenue West.
Cummings adds a number of renovations will also be continued in the school in the tech wing, art rooms and the kitchen/servery.
He says all the construction work will completed over the summer break before students return to class in September.
Cummings estimates the cost of this phase to be about $3.9-million, all funded through the Ministry of Education.