From the article:
Josh Matlow, trustee for St. Paul’s, said he will present a motion at the Aug. 26 school board meeting, requesting that the board consider closing 10 of its undersubscribed schools this year and 10 more the year after. A TDSB accommodation review committee would assess each school to determine whether it should be closed or has surplus space to be leased.OK, I learn something every day too. I didn't know about those last two paragraphs. However, the reporter doesn't make it clear who gets that revenue-- the board or the TLC?
“I’m not calling for a fire sale,” Mr. Matlow said. “Some schools should be sold if there is no reasonable projection of growth in the community. In some cases, there may be community organizations that express interest in working with the TDSB.”
An inventory of schools released last year showed 92 of 533 public schools in Toronto have an enrollment of less than 60%, and the TDSB loses about 4,000 students every year.
“We wouldn’t be forced to cut valuable resources as we do every year if we managed our properties assets responsibly,” Mr. Matlow said.
The Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) manages about 74 of the board’s properties that are either not in use as schools or school sites that contain excess space.
In the last year, the corporation collected $10.5-million in leased revenue and made $15-million through selling surplus or vacant property.
Welcome to the ARC party, National Post. I think this leaves the Globe and Mail as the only major Toronto-based media that has not written in any great detail about the pending Toronto reviews.
Also not touched on -- because they've not written about the changes -- is whether the TDSB will start reviews pre-Sept. 30 or amend its policies and start them post-Sept. 30. I would expect after.