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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)

Trustee Shelley Laskin’s Ward Forum – Tonight at Davisville

Davisville School (Parent) Council encourages parents to attend tonight’s Ward Forum at Davisville PS. Your support for your school is vital! Things get started at 6:30 PM.

Child care and snacks will be provided and our Trustee Shelley Laskin will be hosting.

The major item on tonight’s agenda is a presentation about balancing the 2015-16 TDSB budget by Carla Kisko, Associate Deputy Director of Finance and Operations.

Included in the presentation will be discussion of the Capital Budget. Our Ward does not have under-utilized schools. Our Ward needs more school space now and in the future and this is especially the case at Davisville.

Davisville needs a new school building and this meeting is your best opportunity to ask a top TDSB official questions such as:

  • How does the TDSB intend to accommodate the growing enrollment in the area?
  • How did Davisville PS get ranked last on TDSB’s priority list when it is ranked in 2nd worst condition of all TDSB buildings?
  • Why were other redevelopment projects prioritized over Davisville when there was a TSDB plan developed closely with our community to fund a new school?
  • Why does the TDSB continue to spend our tax dollars on a building that the Ontario Government deems is beyond repair?

For more information on, please see the Redevelopment section of our website

Stand up for your kids and your community. Join us for this very important meeting.

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.

Davisville Not on Province’s New School List

For the past five years, parents, community members, TDSB staff and our elected representatives – including Trustee Shelley Laskin, City Councillor Josh Matlow and our Provincial MPP Eric Hoskins – have been involved in an effort to plan the future of our school.

During this time, Davisville became one of eight priority projects across the entire TDSB. These were submitted to the Ministry of Education for their review and approval in December of 2012. Since then, our enrollment has continued to grow, as has the maintenance backlog of large, expensive and vital items – such as our school’s heating system.

We were very disappointed to see, in a late March announcement from the Ontario Ministry of Education, that Davisville has not currently been approved for a new school. We have been given no rationale for this decision, however it comes in the context of Toronto’s needs being largely ignored by the province.

Out of the $700 million in provincial funding announced, the TDSB only received $11.9 million to be used specifically on only 1 of its 6 approved projects.

The Chair of the TDSB, Chris Bolton, said, “Toronto is the fastest growing municipality in all of Ontario… We should be getting our fair share of provincial funding.”

Hundreds of hours of volunteer time have been donated by dedicated volunteers to discuss, prioritize and communicate our fast-growing community’s needs, particularly during the Davisville-Yonge ARC of 2009-2010 and the TDSB’s Local School and Community Design Team process of 2011-2012. The need for a new school is clear to the TDSB, which is why Davisville is one of only eight priority projects identified by the Board and submitted to the Ministry.

Trustee Shelley Laskin will be attending our school council meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 8) at 6:45 PM in the gym to share the latest information she has about the situation and to discuss next steps for our community. Babysitting will be provided and all Davisville parents are welcome to attend.