Archives for: March 2015

03/31/15

Permalink 04:29:50 pm, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 156 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City of Toronto-School Boards Advisory Committee

March 31, 2015 - The City of Toronto Executive Committee recommends:

1. City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to prioritize in its 2015-2016 work plan, the development of a new multilateral, consultative relationship for the City of Toronto, the School Boards and the Province of Ontario with respect to schools lands disposition ....

Please follow the headline link and also read this City of Toronto Staff Report for background.

03/26/15

Permalink 11:46:00 am, by mleslie Email , 105 words, 137 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Ontario to put new pressure on TDSB over empty schools

by Selena Ross, The Globe and Mail - The province will penalize school boards for holding on to underused schools in its next budget, an approach that will hit the Toronto District School Board harder than most. The TDSB is still reviewing its funding allocation after receiving the numbers Thursday morning. It's too early for the board to know the net change over last year's budget, said a spokesman. Education Minister Liz Sandals says the ministry’s total spending of $22.5-billion will be the same as last year, but the boards will be hit financially if they’re holding on to empty or near-empty properties.

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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