Provincial Capital Funding Announcement
Earlier this week, at Davisville JPS/Spectrum Alternative School, I was proud to welcome Dr Eric Hoskins, our MPP for St Paul's and Education Minister Liz Sandals who made an announcement with regard to capital funding for schools across Ontario, including additional child care spaces. Councillor Josh Matlow, board staff and Davisville parents and community members were also invited. Prior to the announcement, Principal Shona Farrelly and Vice Principal Lara Schneider were able to tour the Ministers and visit a few classrooms where students were engaged in learning.
The province's Media Release stated “Overall, the province is investing $498 million toward 30 new schools as well as 26 major additions and renovations. Families will also benefit from increased access to safe, high-quality licensed child care with 122 new child care rooms, resulting in 2,135 new licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.”
Forty-nine school boards submitted 220 school construction projects, worth approximately $2.7 billion to the Ministry of Education under the Capital Priorities Grant process. According to the Ministry, projects were assessed based upon factors such as the need to address accommodation pressures, increase utilization through school consolidation, improve facility condition or accommodate French-language enrolment in a cost effective manner. Like other boards across the province, TDSB submitted 8 priority projects – the Ministry approved funding to support 3 and allocated $29.3M to undertake these projects - $25.5M in new 2015 CPG funding, $1.27M in Full Day Kindergarten funding, $2.52M in Child Care Capital funding. The three schools that will be receiving funding include:
- Davisville JPS [new build]
- Norseman JPS [addition] and
- Terry Fox PS [addition and 5 new child care rooms, creating 88 new child care spaces]
As I said to Minister Sandals, our community greatly appreciates the support and funding approval by the Ministry for the long awaited new Davisville JPS. This funding, along with the additional renewal funding provided by the Ministry last March, comes at a critical time for the TDSB as we are faced with aging infrastructure, a $3.2 billion capital renewal backlog and increased enrolment projections for the future... our needs are great... we hope for additional infrastructure investment for our Board in the future to begin to meet those needs. To read more about the Board's Capital Plan, click here
. To read Capital Facts click here
. To follow the work of Fix Our Schools, click here
. Stay tuned for more information on the plans to rebuild Davisville.
Public Information Meeting on PART Recommendations – November 17 at 7pm, Hodgson Sr PS
The information meeting on Thursday is to share the final recommendations of the Yonge-Eglinton Program Area Review Team (PART) with the community. These will be presented to the Central Accommodations Team (CAT) for review. The Final PART Report will be sent to the February Program & Priorities Committee and on to the Board for final decision-making. Please note this is an information meeting only, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the PART recommendations being shared and to discuss next steps on transitioning at all the impacted schools that will begin next Spring.
The PART’s final recommendations are as follows:
- Revise shared attendance area (Eglinton Jr. PS/Hodgson Sr. PS and Northlea E & MS) so it is directed entirely to Northlea E & MS for September 2016
- Re-align intermediate attendance areas (Glenview Sr. PS/Hodgson Sr. PS) – Allenby Jr. PS and Eglinton Jr. PS areas for September 2016
- Change boundary for Oriole Park Jr. PS-Forest Hill Jr. & Sr. PS “triangle” area – from Forest Hill Jr. & Sr. PS to “shared” attendance area between Forest Hill Jr. & Sr. PS/Hodgson Sr. PS for September 2016 (for Grades 7-8 only in 2016 and Grades 6-8 from 2017 onward)
- Retain the Extended French program at Forest Hill Jr. & Sr. PS through to Grade 8 and reduce entry to 1 class for September 2016 onward
- Change grade configuration from JK-6 to JK-5 at Davisville Jr. PS (English stream), Eglinton Jr. PS (English & Extended French), Maurice Cody Jr. PS, and Oriole Park Jr. PS for September 2017
- Change grade configuration from 7-8 to 6-8 at Hodgson Sr. PS (English and Extended French) for September 2017
- Change school name: Hodgson Sr. PS to Hodgson MS for September 2017
- Review accommodation options for the Davisville Jr. PS Grade 6 students upon opening of Davisville Jr. PS/Spectrum Alternative Sr. School new facility in (est.) 2020
- Review the Maurice Cody Jr. PS/Eglinton Jr. PS boundary change in (est.) 2022
I would like to thank Superintendent Sandra Tondat, Kathleen McGrath, Administrative Liaison to Superintendent Tondat, the school principals, school council representatives, central staff, and planners who participated in the PART process for their time and commitment and for ensuring their community questions and concerns were brought forward.