Category: Toronto updates

12/08/16

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Ontario Helping Build New High School and Community Hub in Toronto

December 8, 2016 - Ontario is supporting the construction of a new high school and community hub in Toronto, bringing modern learning facilities and community space to students and families in the Bloor-Dufferin neighbourhood. The province is helping the Toronto District School Board build a new state-of-the-art secondary school that will accommodate approximately 900 students. Working in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, the City of Toronto, and local community groups, Ontario is also securing up to 30,000 square feet for a community hub on the proposed new site development, which will include a licensed child care centre and space for community programming.

08/23/16

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Toronto District School Board Renewal Needs Backlog and Facility Condition Index

August 22, 2016 - TDSB News Release - Parents now have access to a wealth of data on the condition of public schools as the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) becomes, what is thought to be, the first school board in Ontario to post lists of repairs on a school-by-school basis. The TDSB is also publishing each school’s Facility Condition Index, a rating of school building conditions.

06/16/16

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Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy 2016-2025

This is the download site for the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy. It was developed by the TDSB to provide an approach to program and accommodation planning within a ten-year timeframe that allows for responsiveness and flexibility in a changing environment by including an annual cycle of review.

02/05/16

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Architects want to save Davisville school from chopping block

by Dave LeBlanc - Visual artists see potential before the rest of us. They look past the decay and work required to make a neighbourhood habitable and just go with it. A few decades later, the rest of the city agrees and claims the area.

While architects are also artists, they don’t have the same influence. Often, they try to tell us when a building is worth saving for future generations–if only we’d look past the rough edges–but we rarely listen.

Such is the case with Davisville Junior Public School/Spectrum Alternative Senior School on Millwood Road near Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. It sits on architectural death row while a handful of prominent Toronto architects call for a stay of execution.

12/07/15

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Full text: Toronto District School Board (Barbara Hall) Governance Advisory Panel Report

Letter from Barbara Hall to Minister Sandals
Dear Minister Sandals:

The TDSB Governance Advisory Panel is pleased to present our report and recommendations to you.

Pursuant to our mandate, we have heard from and talked with more than five hundred people from across this city, and beyond, about ways to eliminate a culture of fear and governance dysfunction at the TDSB.

The panel has been impressed by the range and depth of the input we have received. We heard of many achievements of the board in the education of children. But we also heard serious concerns about the board's capacity to maintain these achievements and create real opportunities for all children unless significant changes in governance are made. We heard many ideas on what changes are needed and we got a very strong message that change is urgent: children and their communities are vulnerable. Public education itself, in our diverse city, feels vulnerable.

Strongly influenced by what we heard, the panel worked to make recommendations that create the conditions for success in bringing needed change. We believe that the trustees at the TDSB want to provide the best possible education for all children and restore public confidence in the system, and that our recommendations will provide them with the necessary support to do so.

The panel wishes to acknowledge the contribution of so many community members to our work. We also want to thank ministry staff for their hard work and strong support in helping us fulfil our mandate.

Finally, we wish to thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve on this panel and make a contribution to strong, healthy public education in Toronto, something for which we all share a passion.

Barbara Hall

Chair

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Toronto and Area Information Updates

Many Toronto schools are badly in need of energy retrofit, major maintenance and facility renewal. In some school communities additions are required and sometimes a new building. Currently, these projects are undertaken under the Province of Ontario's "Good Places to Learn" programme, in partnerships or special purpose organizations like the Toronto Lands Corporation.

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