Fate of school pools in limbo

Closures to come after June 24 school board meeting
By Kris Scheuer
Four school pools have been thrown a lifeline. And 13 are safe. Sixteen others are on the critical list. Another seven have been pronounced dead. 
That’s the picture being painted by a Toronto District School Board report released today. School trustees will decide the fate of the 40 pools tonight at a board meeting.

Four pools recommended to be added to safe list:
North Toronto CI
Malvern CI
West Toronto CI
George S. Henry Academy
13 pools the board voted to save back in April:
Allenby PS
AY Jackson SS
Deer Park PS
Glenview PS
Harbord CI
Keele PS
Lawrence Park CI
Newtonbrook SS
Northern SS
RH King Academy
Riverdale CI
Stephen Leacock CI and 
Westview Centennial SS
The following 16 pools are on life support until Aug. 31 and then they will be drained and closed if sufficient permit revenue isn’t secured:
Winona/McMurrich PS 
Rosedale Heights SS
Monarch Park
Jarvis CI
Humberside CI
Forest Hill CI
Fern Avenue PS 
Earl Grey PS 
Carleton Village PS 
Central Technical
Downsview SS
George Harvey CI
Kensington Community Jr
Queen Alexandra PS
Western Technical School (which has two pools)

Seven pools are recommended for permanent closure: 
Danforth CI 
Oakwood CI
Parkdale CI
Bickford Centre
Central Commerce 
Bloor CI 
Western Tech (Ursula Franklin site) 

For the past year, the board had been debating 39 pools but the most recent report has added West Toronto CI to the list, making it 40 facilities. No one was available to explain the change prior to the board meeting.
The full report can be viewed at:www.tdsb.on.ca/boardroom/bd_agenda/AgendaMeeting.asp?siteid=88&menuid=391&enablenav=true&id=8889.
An article on the board’s June 24 decision and reaction to the final vote will be available in the print editions of the Town Crier and online.
(Originally published June 24/09 at http://www.mytowncrier.ca)

One response to “Fate of school pools in limbo

  1. I was at the TDSB meeting June 24 and when I left at 10 pm, the board had yet to get to the school pool issue. According to Trustee Josh Matlow‘s Twitter updates from the meeting at 11:24 pm stated: “less than a minute ago 20 pools have been saved! The 17 proposed by staff along with Forest Hill, Rosedale and Humberside!!!!!”

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