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Local TDSB School News – Nov 2017

It’s a busy time for our local TDSB schools. We would like to thank Trustee Shelley Laskin for her continued support and for keeping our parent communities informed through weekly TDSB newsletters. Click here to visit Trustee Laskin’s website for resources and to subscribe to a weekly newsletter.   

Davisville & Spectrum Alternative School rebuild

Plans for the rebuild of a new school on the existing school site are on track.
The TDSB has been supporting the parent community through a process to determine options for staying at the old school during construction, or for busing the students to Vaughan Road Academy.
Last week the TDSB announced that students from Davisville Junior Public School & Spectrum Alternative Senior School will relocate to Vaughan Road Academy for the start of the next school year in September 2018.

Hodgson Middle School

The Grade 6 students have joined Grade 7 & 8 students at Hodgson Middle School.
A permanent two-storey addition will be added to the existing school building.
The addition will fit with the existing structure and have space for 12 new classrooms and a new music and art room.
SERRA has been invited to participate in the New School Review Team (NSRT) to provide input on behalf of the community.

To see the plans, please click here to visit the TDSB website. Picture courtesy of MC Architects.

 

Equity and our specialized schools and programming

The TDSB is committed to providing equitable and accessible school programming for all, and has undertaken an initiative with the mandate to bring people together, learn from each other and explore what’s working, what isn’t. The intent is to improve programming (including specialized schools such as those that are arts and technology focused) and explore how to make programming available to all students. Distance to travel to existing specialized schools, lack of information about availability, potential barriers related to the application and selection process – could be factors inhibiting equal access to specialized programming. Click here to read the Equity Report on the TDSB website

The draft report will be presented to the board in December. It is anticipated the board will refer the report to staff for advice and next steps.
The TDSB Director of Education Dr. John Malloy, provided context in a Star article that can be found by clicking on this link.

Education Development Charges (EDC) – advocating for change!

On October 30, 2017 a ward forum in Willowdale was held to discuss school overcrowding. Attendees had the opportunity to ask Minister of Education Mitzi Hunter to change the current regulations to allow the TDSB to collect Education Development Charges (EDC) and requested that the rules also be changed to allow EDCs to be used for expanding, renovating, fixing or building new schools. These fees are collected by the Toronto Catholic District School Board, but not by the TDSB.

EDCs are levies that developers pay and are used by some school boards to purchase land to build new schools.

Making progress!

Since the meeting, the City of Toronto unanimously passed a recommendation to support the TDSB’s position as did the Ontario Public School Boards Association. You can read their advocacy by visiting the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) website at http://www.opsba.org/

 

Mark your calendars! Important community consultation on January 20, 2021.

The hugely busy Davisville area is seeing another development proposal, this time at 185 Balliol. Come to a virtual community consultation on January 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more.     185 Balliol Public Notice (002)

Davisville Village Planning – Town Hall Meeting

HOSTED BY COUNCILLOR MATLOW (Tuesday, Dec 8 at 6:30 pm)   Please find below an invite from City Councillor Matlow to all residents in the Davisville apartment neighbourhood and the immediate adjacent area to attend an important DAVISVILLE VILLAGE PLANNING meeting. In addition to our Councillor and his staff, various City Planning groups will attend (Community Planning, Parks). City Transportation Services staff, who can answer questions about future construction will be there as will SERRA. … Read more

November 2020 Newsletter

  Read about what is happening in our neighbourhood in our latest newsletter.   Please click here: November 2020 Newsletter  

Virtual Town Hall 2020 – Invitation to Non-Members

If you are not a current member of SERRA, we would ask you to pre-register for the Town Hall at the following link. When: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: SERRA AGM/Town Hall Virtual Meeting Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_caSK-6VcSomoxS3inZcv_A If you are unable to pre-register, you may join the Town Hall meeting at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82387651823 Questions related to … Read more