York Memorial’s future being debated

The future of York Memorial, which was destroyed in a fire in May of last year, was debated tonight by education trustees. The board is “going to start a process to look at enrollment and utilization”  Chris Tonks, the trustee, told  CityTV. CityTV says there are three possibilities:

  • Keeping things as they are, with York Memorial independent and the nearby George Harvey  continuing to operate well under capacity
  • Merging the two schools into George Harvey’s building
  • Constructing an all-new school

Yafet Tewelde, who ran to be York South–Weston’s MP, has created a petition to have the school rebuilt, among other requests.

 

 

York Memo community must make tough choice

City News reports that York Memorial community members have to make a tough choice: should they stay at George Harvey, just down the street, or go to Scarlett Heights, which is empty but farther away?

School map

If they move, they could have their own space, but fewer amenities. If they stay, they’ll have to “share specialized rooms like science labs, art rooms, gyms, the library, cafeteria and pool”.

Either way, the TDSB must make plans over the summer for the fall. They are currently gathering opinions to submit to the board.

Displaced York Memorial community must choose new home

 

Gofundme for York Memo

Alan Tonks is raising money to help rebuild York Memorial, after the damaging fires of a few weeks ago. So far, the campaign has raised more than $18,000 of a $25,000 goal.

Stained glass windows
From Gofundme
The school Motto has been “Macte Nova Virture” (Go Forth With New Strength).  With the strength of our community, city,  and our York Memorial Alumni we want to preserve the heritage of the school that was built in honour of  the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for our country.   Whatever the “new” York Memorial may look like we want to raise funds to persevere, restore or recreate the history in these significant works of art.

Council passes motion to preserve York Memo

City Council passed a resolution last week to preserve the “use, heritage values, and attributes of York Memorial” after the fires that damaged the 90-year-old school.

Commenters here and elsewhere had wondered whether it made sense to continue running the school, given its low enrollment and ‘development’ potential.

City Council’s affirmation isn’t binding.