STJE not open in time for September

Should have brought more shovels

St John the Evangelist’s new school will not be open in time for September, according to Dave Bennett, the chair of the Parent Council.

The board snuck the news in as point 2 of a letter to the community, which, sandwiched between caissons and culverts, says that “Due to an administrative delay in issuing the conditional building permit, and an unusually wet summer, the schedule completion date have moved to mid-November 2018”.

The students at St John the Evangelist have put up with years—indeed decades—of disruption: a tiny school without enough outside space, many portables, moving to a school in the Junction, moving to a school north of Weston, and now this: a broken promise to have the school opened in time for 2018.

SJTE expansion hits a bump

St John the Evangelist may not expand in the way originally envisioned, because of the graves discovered there earlier this year. According to Dave Bennet, “the TCDSB had planned on a land swap with the church to gain access to Fern Avenue, where 4 properties were already purchased.” That land swap now may not happen because the church council will not pave over the to create a parking lot.

The Catholic School Board will meet in March 2015 to discuss new options.

InsideToronto has more on the changes.

The Weston Historical Society has published pictures of the gravestones. They photos are wonderful. Go there. Don’t stay here.