Board votes to reopen the elementary school’s aquatic facility
Community, school, volunteers raise revenue to keep pool open
By Kris Scheuer
(Originally written Oct. 1 for Town Crier.)
Fern Elementary School’s pool is now saved and could reopen as soon as Oct. 12.
It was on a probationary list of 13 facilities to be drained by the end of the year if sufficient permit revenue couldn’t be found.
But the school and community rallied together to find enough money to convince the Toronto District School Board to keep Fern’s pool afloat.
On Sept. 16, the school board voted to keep pools open at Fern, Jarvis, Downsview and Queen Alexandra and now just nine pools on the caution list.
Fern principal Craig Tsuji said they had to cover about $30,000 in costs.
“People are passionate about keeping as much (resources) in their community as possible,” he said. “The Roncesvalles community really likes neighbourhood shopping, neighbourhood school, pool and market.” Continue reading