Pelmo Park Public School has asked the city for permission to build a 4000-square-foot single-storey daycare attached to the main school building.
According to Chris Tonks, the centre will hold 49 children, from infant through to preschool, and will accept city subsidies. It won’t, however, open until after 2021.
Tonks says that Weston Memorial has also been approved for funding for a 49-spot daycare. It, too, is in the early stages of the process, and will not open until at least 2021. Still, this is great news; Weston has not had an institutional daycare since we lost Weston Village Childcare 5 years ago.
Pelmo Park Junior Public school recieved a grant this week to refurbish the baseball diamond from the Toronto Blue Jays’ charitable arm
The Jays Care Foundation has a “Field of Dreams program [that] provides funding to design, refurbish and build safe spaces for children and youth to play baseball, develop life skills and learn from positive role models.”
The grants are for up to $150,000 and are given nationwide.
The Toronto Star reports that the TDSB is thinking of selling school land to developers to pay for renovations. One of the schools facing the loss is Pelmo Park in Weston.
According to The Star, Pelmo may be forced to sell 2.9 acres of land—about one-third of its property. The proceeds would be used to put money into the board’s capital budget, which has been frozen by the provincial government. The school board says it has a $3 billion dollar capital debt and a $30 million capital deficit.
Chris Tonks, our trustee, said that he was unable to discuss the particulars of the proposal until after the meeting tonight, but added “I am opposed to any severance and sale of Pelmo Park Public School green space if proposed. In any event, any recommendation by TDSB staff to sever land at any school property should be brought out to the communities that are impacted”.