Province Stops Funding to New TDSB Projects
New major building projects for the Toronto District School board will have to be put on hold for now.
Queen's park has stopped all funding for new projects, but full-day kindergarten is NOT included in that. A letter was sent to the board citing the increased cost of some projects as the reason. One of which, is the Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Regent Park. That's scheduled to open four months over it's due date, in January. The letter claims that the delay alone in that project has run the cost up by over $10-million.
Trustees with the board found out Wednesday evening at a meeting. There are 12 construction projects as well as 6 re-developments that will have to wait. They are said to be worth millions.
One of those being a new school in Ward 12-Willowdale. The trustee for that ward claims they won't have nearly enough space to accommodate every child with all-day kindergarten by 2015.
In Ward 11 (St. Paul's), trustee Shelley Laskin is fuming because it means the renovations at Davisville school will have to be put on hold. She says that's been in the works for three years.
The chair of the Board, Chris Bolton says TDSB staff will meet with the ministry some time next week to hopefully come up with solutions.