InsideToronto has an article on the construction at St John the Evangelist:
Students looking forward to returning to the new St. John the Evangelist Catholic School on George Street will have to wait until September 2016.
“The only hurdle is the storm management system,” said Dave Bennett, chair of the school’s parent council, explaining discussion is now taking place between the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Metrolinx as to who would be responsible to undertake, manage and pay for the system.
St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church celebrated its 160th anniversary last week. Laura Albanese celebrated it in the Legislature:
A hundred and sixty years ago the Catholic community in Weston came together to establish a church so they could worship together. The community of St. John the Evangelist has grown through many difficult and exciting decades, always being an important part of the community of York South–Weston.
The church is, Mr. Speaker, the little parish with heart in the big city, and I wish to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to the church, pastor Father Michael McGourty, laypersons and staff, and to all its parishioners for 160 years of playing a vital, vibrant, central role in the community. This community will soon also be looking forward to having a new school built next to it, a brand new elementary school that bears the name of St. John the Evangelist Catholic School.
St John the Evangelist now has the money for a replacement school! The super-duper fantastic announcement was made by Laura Albanese today. The province will be giving an additional $5 million, bringing the total to $11.5 million.
St John has been looking for a new school for several years. The present school is outrageously overcrowded, and the entire school has had to relocate near downtown to get away from the construction on the train lines. Staff and volunteers had been lobbying for quick approval of a new school so that it could be built while the train construction is ongoing; in the past, enough money had been announced for only an addition.
Dave Bennett, a vocal proponent of a new school and Chair of the School Advisory Council, said,
What a great day for families in Weston!
St. John the Evangelist Elementary School has received $5M of additional funding to replace our overcrowded school. This funding will allow our children to return to real classrooms (not portables), and to possible grass in the playground.