School merger recommended

The TDSB is recommending that George Harvey and York Memorial be merged into one school and that the school be named “York Memorial CI”.

York Memorial Collegiate Institute suffered a catastrophic fire in 2019. The nearby George Harvey CI has long been underused, so the TDSB floated the idea of merging the schools. Housing both schools at George Harvey, however, wasn’t popular. 93% of York Memorial students and 53% of George Harvey students were opposed to consolidating again, according to the report.

The TDSB studied several possibilities, and this week recommended that both schools be:

  • Consolidated at George Harvey starting in September, 2022
  • Renamed York Memorial CI, “to honour the sacred pledge of remembrance”
  • Moved to the newly-built school when it is complete (projected to be in 2026).

The report says that this will have several advantages over the status quo:

  • More course offerings
  • More specialty programs
  • A modern building with “state-of-the-art instructional spaces”
  • Easier commutes for students
  • Efficiencies in operations