With the Provincial election in mind, TDSB Ward 3 Trustee Pamela Gough brings attention to proposal for joint use of Bloorlea Middle School

The following message, regarding the June 12, 2014 Provincial election, is from Ward 3 Trustee Gough’s Office. The message is an excerpt from the trustee’sMay 6, 2014 Update.
I will provide additional information regarding the proposal in a subsequent post.

The excerpt from Trustee Gough’s Office reads as follows:

Provincial election called for June 12

We are in a provincial election period. Virtually all education program funding, teachers’ salaries and major capital project decisions in the TDSB are controlled by the province. Savvy voters will raise education questions at the door and at all-candidate meetings.

Here’s a sample issue: progressive planners want to see schools repurposed as places where many public services are delivered under the same roof, saving taxpayers’ money and creating convenient “community hubs”. This was the idea behind a joint city-TDSB proposal in 2011, which would have seen each partner put matching dollars into Bloorlea MS to repurpose the gym/lunchroom area for joint school use and after-hours community recreational use. The city has put funds aside and the TDSB had matching funds ready to go in its 2012-2013 budget, which were deleted by provincial intervention.

Bloorlea Middle School. The photo is from the school's website.Why did province put a stop to the Bloorlea MS joint use project? It’s time for the Ministry of Education to take another look at this proposal and give the Bloorlea community a multipurpose recreational hub in its local school. It makes sense to save money by offering many services under one roof. Ask your candidate where he or she stands on provincial funding for TDSB capital projects such as Bloorlea and Norseman.

[End of excerpt]

The school is located at 4050 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke. For a closer view of the map of the school, click on the image to enlarge it. Click again to enlarge it further.


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