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Davisville Redevelopment Meeting – Wednesday, March 4

Our school community’s work toward a new community hub and school is picking up speed!

Join us for our next Davisville redevelopment planning meeting, with the Building and Land Use Committee, Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 PM in the music room (room 106, main floor)

Our school is now over 100% capacity and we are still growing. Many of the classrooms in our school were built for the former Metro Toronto School for the Deaf – they are too small for 20+ students.

Maintaining the existing school building is an exercise in frustration and throwing good money after bad. Much money and time this year has been spent fixing broken boilers, water mains and summer flood damage caused by a normal rainstorm.

As well, our neighbourhood needs community space to accommodate our growing population, a place that everyone in the community could use, like a gymnasium, an art centre, (ideally a swimming pool…)

Our school is a natural site for a community centre plus a school built to be large enough to meet the needs of kids in our growing area.

Even if you don’t think your child(ren) will be students here by the time a new school is built, the community hub and preserved green space is needed and will be good for the whole community for generations to come.

Help us keep our momentum growing! Join us tomorrow evening (Wednesday, March 4).

Wilson Report Ignores Need for New Schools – What You Can Do

Early on in the Wilson Report is the sentence, “The capital renewal backlog – that is, replacement and repair in all schools, but especially the 450 schools which are over forty years old – is over $3 billion.”

Reading that, you might think that the author is going to realistically address this serious problem. Yet the next mention is not until near the end of the report. On page 28, Ms. Wilson begins a section called “Management of Capital” with, “One of the major difficulties facing the Board is its management of, or rather failure to manage, capital assets…”. Her solution? Consolidate, close and sell schools.

Ms. Wilson completely ignores the fact that there are high growth areas of Toronto that need new school spaces now. And that there are realistic, non-tax ways of funding these badly needed spaces.

The Building and Land Use Committee was set up by School Council to give our school community a way to advocate for the needs of our growing school community.

Join us for our next meeting:
Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 PM
Music Room – Main Floor
Back central doors off the playground (door 4)

A Cool School… But in Winter?

Our school’s boiler repeatedly reminds us that it is well past its “best before” date and it did so again yesterday, when it failed and led to the school closing early.

Our school’s caretakers are doing a great job keeping that old boiler going and other TDSB staff come quickly to help, but they’re all working with one hand tied behind their backs.

In the face of urgent and growing needs at our school, the provincial government has not acted and has turned down a TDSB proposal for a new school for Davisville.

All the more reason to join us this evening at 7:00 PM in the ground floor music room for an information and planning meeting of Davisville School Council’s Building and Land Use Committee.

As parents, we need to step up our advocacy for our children and our community.

Meeting to discuss the proposed redevelopment for Davisville PS

The Toronto District School Board is currently in the process of considering the redevelopment of the Davisville PS property. Josh Matlow, our City Councillor, and City Planning Staff are holding a public meeting for area residents to ask questions and discuss the proposed redevelopment.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 7 pm to 9 pm. The meeting location is Christ Church Deer Park, Elliot Hall, at 1570 Yonge Street.

For more information, you can visit www.joshmatlow.ca.

Have questions about the Davisville redevelopment project?

The TDSB has prepared a “Frequently Asked Questions” document to answer questions and share information with parents and the broader community about the Davisville Redevelopment Project. The new FAQ can be found on our Redevelopment FAQ page.

For more background information on the potential redevelopment of our school, please see our main Redevelopment page.