The following information is from Trustee Shelley Laskin’s weekly newsletter. Subscribe to Trustee Laskin’s newsletter.
Many thanks to Trustee Laskin for her support and for continuing to advocate on behalf of our community.
Hodgson Middle School
On June 11, 2018 the TDSB held a community meeting to discuss the capacity and growth pressures in our local schools. The original plan for Hodgson Middle School was to construct a two-storey addition which would add 12 rooms.
Due to increasing capacity pressures from the number of developments in the Yonge and Eglinton area, the TDSB was asked to look at other options in order to allow for even more capacity. During a consultation meeting in June the community was presented with three options and given the opportunity to provide feedback. The presentation and the meeting minutes are now available. Going forward, the TDSB will be submitting a business case to the ministry for a three-storey addition and hopes to have the construction project started in 2021. More information will be provided in the fall.
Davisville Junior Public School & Spectrum Alternative School
Starting in September, 2018, students from Davisville Junior Public School and Spectrum Alternative School will be relocated to 529 Vaughan Road (formerly Vaughan Road Academy) for two years during construction of the new school. Parents, students and the community will be invited to an open house at 529 Vaughan Road sometime during the last week of August. Details about the busing arrangements for September are being finalized. Parents and caregivers will receive individual letters with specific information.
On Saturday, July 21st, 2018, form 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. the community will be invited to visit the current building before the demolition, and have the opportunity to take pictures at the end of this school year.
Read about the Open House and see pictures from the event in this South Bayview Bulldog article.
Demolition of the old building will start on Monday, August 20, 2018.
New School Construction Timeline:
July 2018: Construction start – New replacement school
August 2018: Demolition start – coordinated with existing summer programs at Child Care facilities
July 2020: Construction is Substantially Complete
September 2020: New Replacement School opens with completion of outdoor play areas
Education Development Charges (EDC)
One of the major initiatives Trustee Laskin has been advocating for is the ability for the TDSB to collect and use Education Development Charges (EDC). These funds would allow the TDSB to proactively expand, build and renovate schools to keep pace with the development in high growth neighbourhoods such as Davisville Village and Yonge & Eglinton.
In April 2018, the Minister of Education responded to the TDSB’s request to collect EDCs. To read the Education Minister’s letter, click here.
Chair Pilkey has also sent a response to the above letter.To read Chair Pilkey’s letter click here.
Trustee Laskin requested that Chair Pilkey highlight the specific growth and capacity challenges in the Yonge and Eglinton area in her letter to the Education Minister. According to the information in Chair Pilkeys’ letter, the cost to purchase land and build one elementary school in the Yonge and Eglinton area is estimated to be $100 million dollars.
Residents may not be aware that EDCs are collected by other school boards, but not by the TDSB.
Announced in April 2018;
The Ministry of Education Funding:
• up to $100M will be made available to school boards across the Province to support the acquisition of land
• this funding is insufficient to support the needs of the TDSB
• TDSB staff will continue to submit business cases, when and where appropriate, to access these funds
• Most recently, funding of up to $24M was allocated to the TDSB to support the purchase of the Canadian Tire Lands site, located within a high-density urban community along the Sheppard Avenue corridor
To read more about EDCs click here.
- The TDSB will continue to advocate for ways to appropriately plan for and accommodate long-term enrollment growth.
- The Ministry of Education has confirmed that EDC’s will be discussed as part of the Urban Intensification Work Group which will begin this Fall.
- The TDSB will continue to move forward with its EDC challenge through the courts.
- The EDC Judicial Review Application was filed with the Court on 23 February 2018. The Province is expected to provide responding materials sometime mid-summer. The hearing is expected to occur by the end of the year.