Community members! Secord School needs your help! Please consider filling in an on-line survey to help Secord get new, permanent infrastructure.
As you may already be aware (and for those of you who are not, listen in), Secord School has infrastructure woes. Firstly, it has several PortaPacs, temporary buildings that were built on-site over 20 years ago to accommodate Secord’s growing student population. Trick is, it is becoming obvious that these buildings are not being seen as a temporary solution by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), as not only are the PortaPacs aging, but there are no official plans in the works to have them replaced. This is compounded by the fact that mould was recently discovered in the PortaPacs – while the problem was dealt with superficially, it brings up important questions about spending money to mend supposedly temporary infrastructure when the community clearly needs a permanent addition to the building to replace the PortaPacs.
As a parallel issue, in 2011/12 a community process was taken to plan for changes to be made to a cluster of local schools including Secord. Part of the plan involved Secord to become a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school (referred to as ‘K-8’; it currently goes to Grade 5), as well as changes to other local schools. It was a long process, and at the time the Secord Community was resoundingly behind the plan and having Secord become K-8. Shortly after this process, the metaphorical feces hit the fan at the TDSB which included overspending scandals on other schools being built. The Province (who funds all school boards, including the TDSB) stepped in and froze all funds going to capital and infrastructure projects. Since then, everything infrastructure related has been on hold. If Secord becomes a K-8 school, it would be entitled to new infrastructure to accommodate the new grades. There’s no point replacing the PortaPacs to accommodate the current K-5 school, only to have the school convert to K-8 shortly after and spend more money to upgrade again. A coordinated effort is needed. You can check out these posts here and here and here if you’d like more information.
Here’s where you come in. If you feel as a community member that Secord is due for infrastructure upgrades please consider signing a petition by 4 pm Wednesday September 24 – either in hard copy through Secord’s main office located on Barrington at Doncaster (101 Barrington Ave), OR through the Survey Monkey link. It’s very short.
Tomorrow, Wednesday September 24th is Secord’s Parent Council first meeting and our TDSB Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher will be in attendance. The Parent Council is gathering signatures from Secord parents AND community members who are concerned about Secord’s Infrastructure issues to present to Ms Cary-Meagher at the meeting to enlist her help and make change.