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.
The PC government has promised that York Memorial Collegiate will be restored.
Faisal Hassan, our MPP, asked the PCs whether they would commit to rebuilding York Memorial. Lisa Thompson replied
Absolutely, we’re committed to working with the school board to make sure that that community hub, if you will, is absolutely restored.
Coming back from Skills Ontario last Tuesday or Wednesday morning, when it was on fire again, we actually drove by and it’s a heartbreak, what has happened to that community. I understand it’s under investigation. We certainly will be working with the school board, and I look forward to working with you to make sure we get it right.
Last week, City Council also committed to rebuilding the school after the fire.
There had been rumblings, here and elsewhere, that the fire would be a good reason to consolidate schools and develop the land.
While parts of York Memorial had to be demolished during the two fires at the school this week, the Globe and Mail reports that the school will stand. Hooray!
But despite the charred interiors, scarred walls and water damage in the basement – which was almost filled with water – early assessments by engineers are promising, a Toronto Fire Services platoon chief told reporters at the scene. It looks like the building can be saved.