St John (still) wants a new school

Dave Bennett, the Vice Chair of Parent Council of St John the Evangelist Elementary, sent around an email earlier this week again drawing attention to the conditions at  his school, and explaining how they are likely to worsen in the coming years. The school has six portables and little grass; in 2014, full-day kindergarten will make things much worse, he says.

Bennett says “building a new school during the construction of the Weston tunnel seems like the right path to remove our six portables, exclude our children from the tunnel construction and provide full-day kindergarten.”

In June of last year, Bennett backed a proposal to move St John the Evangelist to Swanek Park, which would have led to the expropriation and demolition of as many as 33 houses. That proposal led to significant strife in the community.

 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “St John (still) wants a new school”

  1. I walked by there yesterday. I never been inside but outside yeah it looks very old with lots of portables! I had classes in portables in high school not very comfortable I bet it’s even more terrible for little kids. It very telling contrasting with the newer public school building across the street. Definitely this school needs a new building .

  2. The newer school across the street is HJ Alexander Community School…and guess what’s coming to HJA next September? You guessed it, 2 portables…

    This is a school that scored in the 99th percentile according to the CD Howe Institute. One of 5 schools in the 550 TDSB school system that scored that high.

    TDSB seems to think that they can just keep adding more and more students to the school and it won’t effect the children negatively.

    Perhaps they need to redraw the catchment area and reduce the number of children that attend HJA or perhaps what they should do is redraw the catchment are AND go to the JK to grade 8 model like most of the schools in the US. It seems TDSB follows the US model but 10 years later.

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