Archives for: October 2012

10/31/12

Permalink 06:42:14 am, by mleslie Email , 20 words, 264 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto EcoSchools November Newsletter

The Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) November EcoSchools newsletter is out. The newsletter is distributed by the TDSB's Sustainability Office.

10/26/12

Permalink 01:01:01 pm, by mleslie Email , 95 words, 227 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is back!

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is a competition between Canadian classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12. As the students progress through the Challenge, they will learn valuable lessons about energy use and share that knowledge with the rest of the country. The Challenge is about more than great classroom prizes like a $5,000 Technology Package, it’s about increasing energy awareness among Canadian youth and educators.

February 4th marks the start of the 2013 challenge, and it will run until April 25th. Registration starts now and closes January 20, 2013. For contest rules and registration, please click on the headline ....

10/14/12

Permalink 08:09:47 pm, by mleslie Email , 88 words, 244 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB considers closing smaller schools to dig out of debt

by Kate Hammer - Torontonians are being invited to share their visions for education in an ambitious effort to rethink public schools – even as staff at the Toronto District School Board draw up budget-cutting plans to close small schools and house kindergarten classes in pre-fab“portables.”

The disconnect is symptomatic of growing tension at the TDSB, a tug-of-war that pits the demands of parents against the demands of the budget.

(And next, click here to read the plan for the TDSB's Long-Term K-12 Program and Pupil Accommodation Strategy).

Permalink 12:18:18 pm, by mleslie Email , 48 words, 424 views   English (US)
Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

More resources for parents on portable and modular classrooms - from the U.S. National Institute of Building Sciences

Information on the design, manufacture, and use of portable classrooms, and modular school construction has been compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, at the U.S. National Institute of Building Sciences.

Click here for information on portable classrooms.

Click here for information on modular school construction.

Permalink 12:10:10 pm, by mleslie Email , 72 words, 352 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) report on disposition of surplus TDSB sites

September 11, 2012 - TLC staff has had a challenging year working with a disposition portfolio where 11 out of 26 sites required severances and/or minor variances. TLC staff has worked diligently on all tasks to move these properties forward and are pleased to report that at August 31,2012, actual gross revenues have exceeded projected sales by 17%. Gross revenues for fiscal 2011-12 totalled $91.675M, 17% higher than projected (and budgeted) sales for this fiscal year of $77.9M.

Permalink 12:04:06 pm, by mleslie Email , 182 words, 226 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Spence says TDSB learned lesson on building costs

by Moira MacDonald - October 12, 2012 - Prefab all-day kindergarten classrooms, scaled-back school projects and more school closures will have to be considered as the Toronto District School Board looks at how to get its building costs down, the board’s director says.

“It’s almost a perfect storm for us and we’ve got nowhere else to go. We have to do something,” director Chris Spence told a small group of education reporters in his office Friday. “Clearly, the costs have to come down … and revenues [from TDSB property sales] have to go up.”

Spence’s comments come in the wake of a recent provincial government freeze on any further funding approvals for more than a dozen TDSB building projects after the board went $11 million over budget on Regent Park’s Nelson Mandela Park Public School rebuild.

ON THE SAME DAY SIMILAR ARTICLES ALSO APPEARED IN PRINT IN OTHER NEWSPAPERS ....

The Globe and Mail: "Education Director laments over the TDSB’s hard year, looks to the future" by Kate Hammer

The Toronto Star: "Board eyes school closings, downsizing renovations" by Louise Brown

10/05/12

Permalink 07:38:46 am, by mleslie Email , 49 words, 246 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto school board cost overruns: Province warns supervisor may be sent in to run board

by Rob Ferguson and Louise Brown - A political firestorm has erupted between Ontario and its largest school board over cost overruns for building projects, with an “outraged” Education Minister Laurel Broten warning she would send in a supervisor to take over the Toronto District School Board’s affairs.

10/04/12

Permalink 01:21:42 pm, by mleslie Email , 98 words, 216 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

Toronto school board’s building budget frozen

by Victoria Ptashnick and Louise Brown - Overspending on new buildings — most notably a $10 million cost overrun on a landmark school renovation in Regent Park — has prompted Queen’s Park to slap a startling freeze on funding for new school buildings and renovations at the Toronto District School Board.

Trustees were outraged at a meeting Wednesday night to learn of the province’s decision to put a hold on funding new major projects except ones related to full-day kindergarten.

More than 12 construction projects and six redevelopment projects, worth tens of millions of dollars, have been put on hold.

10/03/12

Permalink 07:07:05 am, by mleslie Email , 102 words, 242 views   English (UK)
Categories: News Updates

UK Department of Education releases baseline designs for schools

In this section you will find information on baseline designs for schools. These demonstrate good practice that can be achieved within the set cost and area allowances. The details of the baseline designs are set out, together with associated drawings and technical analyses.

The designs comply with the output specifications written for the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) PFI projects, which are not currently requirements for schools procured by other means.

This information is for contractors, members of school building project teams, local authorities and promoters of schools. It will also be of interest to the leaders and governing bodies of schools.

10/02/12

Permalink 12:18:52 pm, by mleslie Email , 66 words, 225 views   English (CA)
Categories: Individual school case studies

Ontario's Alton Village Public School designed to foster interaction

By Patricia Williams - An elementary school designed to foster both student interaction and act as a teaching tool for green design principles has opened in the village of Alton, 80 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

Designed by Toronto’s Snyder Architects and constructed by Orangeville-based Everstrong Construction Ltd., the three-storey, $9.5 million Alton Village Public School is the first of its ilk for the Halton District School Board.

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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