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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/