After years of struggle, St John the Evangelist Elementary School will (probably) be getting new facilities. The Ministry of Education announced funding for a new school yesterday.
St John is presently very overcrowded; there are 10 portables on the grounds, and the children have very little grass or green space to enjoy. The school will also be disrupted by the construction of the Air Rail Link; Metrolinx thinks that all the children in the portables should be moved while they build. St John administration and parent council had been pushing to build a new, bigger facility while the construction was going on.
The TDCSB says that there will be about $6.2 million for the new school—enough to build for 600 students as soon as September of 2012.
In the press release, Dave Bennett, Vice Chair of the Parent Council, graciously thanked MPP Laura Albanese, trustee Frank D’Amico, and the community for their support. He said, “We live in a great community!”
Update: I’ve added a few qualifiers, since it’s not all that clear whether, in fact, the money is there. Aaargh. Just ignore this post.