STJE is a GO!

After years of construction (and a few delays) St John the Evangelist Catholic school will be open this September at its old location on George Street.

 

St John was a very crowded school when the school community sought a new building more than five years ago. They had very little green space for students and the maximum number of portables allowed. Sometimes classes were even held in the church basement.

The school was supposed to open in 2016, and in 2018. Delays happened because Metrolinx and the school couldn’t reach agreements. While building, because graves were also discovered on site.

While the the school was being built, the long-suffering students were bussed almost to the Junction and shuffled to Beverly Hills Drive.

 

School still sitting empty

The dispute between St John the Evangelist and Metrolinx has reached City News.

City says the school is empty because Metrolinx and the TCDSB can’t agree on—of all things—construction of the playground.

The school was supposed to be finished by September, 2018. If an agreement is not signed by tomorrow, the school’s opening may be delayed again.

St John students have been bussed out of town for the past 8 years.

 

 

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.

Official build of STJE begins

The sod was turned and construction officially began for the new St John the Evangelist school last Wednesday.

The new school should be finished in time for September, 2018, and it sounds fantastic. The kids will have more space, a large outdoor playground on top of the UPX tunnel, and air conditioning. In the 21st century!

Sod turning group photo
Photo from the BIA