Archives for: May 2010

05/12/10

Permalink 07:55:51 am, by mleslie Email , 97 words, 243 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

The startling, spinning world of shutting Toronto schools

May 12, 2010 - by Moira MacDonald - What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, Toronto District School Board trustees voted to close Bathurst Heights Secondary School in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood. It closed in September, 2001 and Bathurst students were redirected to Sir Sanford Fleming Academy, still kind of in the neighbourhood but farther away. Now it looks like that decision could be flipped around. Based on community and staff recommendations, a TDSB committee this week endorsed a plan to close Fleming in a year, and re-open Bathurst Heights to regular student programming.

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05/07/10

Permalink 07:01:47 am, by mleslie Email , 82 words, 196 views   English (CA)
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Toronto grapples with school closings (Part 5)

by Louise Brown, The Toronto Star - May 7, 2010 - Heather Rivet’s son is going into Grade 12 this fall. He just doesn’t know where. He has to wait for the Durham District School Board to decide May 17 if it will close his school, Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate in east Oshawa, and have students move to Eastdale Collegiate nearby, or whether his mother and 200 other parents can force the board to back down and leave Donevan open.

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05/06/10

Permalink 11:35:25 am, by mleslie Email , 77 words, 177 views   English (CA)
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Toronto grapples with school closings (Part 4)

by Louise Brown, The Toronto Star - May 6, 2010 - Sharon Mitchell doesn’t like the infighting over school closings in Jane-Finch; she feels it wears away at the spirit of the community she loves. But that anger may have helped the neighbourhood win a delay in losing a school. The Toronto District School Board has given Jane-Finch more time to consider whether one could shut down. Still, Mitchell is bracing for a closure.

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05/05/10

Permalink 08:15:24 pm, by mleslie Email , 67 words, 174 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto grapples with school closings (Part 3)

by Louise Brown, The Toronto Star - May 5, 2010 - In a city with an embarrassment of schools, how can a neighbourhood of 500 children have none? Welcome to the subdivision of Rougeville, a cluster of 1,200 homes near Meadowvale Ave. and Sheppard Ave. E. that is so new, there has been no school built and seems to be no money for one on the horizon.

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05/04/10

Permalink 09:45:45 pm, by mleslie Email , 54 words, 165 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto grapples with school closings (Part 2)

by Louise Brown, The Toronto Star - May 4, 2010 - It was the height of postwar edu-think: Pluck Grade 7 and 8 kids out of grade school and give them their own junior high next door. It eased the pressure on bursting elementary schools and fit the new thinking about the preteen mind.

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05/03/10

Permalink 07:48:26 am, by mleslie Email , 70 words, 250 views   English (CA)
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Toronto grapples with school closings

by Louise Brown, The Toronto Star - May 3, 2010 - There will be tirades. There could be tears. But this time, the political fireworks of school closings seem missing. Pool closings made a bigger splash. As the Toronto District School Board braces to consider closing at least nine schools next year – more than in any single year in a generation – local communities are likely to push back.
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05/01/10

Permalink 07:40:28 am, by mleslie Email , 110 words, 252 views   English (US)
Categories: News Updates

Building Green and Healthy Places to Learn - National Building Museum panel on schools

April 30, 2010 (ASLA) - Almost one in five Americans are housed in schools for the better part of each day, but many of these schools offer toxic environments with poor daylight and are sited in far-off places, which means they are both unhealthy learning environments and contribute to sprawl (or unhealthy communities). Creating green and healthy schools which are in walkable, bikeable neighborhoods is key to increasing test scores and graduating children who can be future stewards of the environment. But how do we build green schools? This question and others were asked during the National Building Museum’s latest “For the Greener Good” discussion on sustainable schools.

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Build Green Schools.ca

These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see www.mleslie.com). You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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