Sunday, June 2, 2013

Secord Families - we need your help!

As a fellow member of the Secord community, we are asking for your help in reminding the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) that the time has come to complete the Pupil Accommodation Review process that we began last year.

You can copy and paste the text below into an e-mail to our Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher and the chair of the board Chris Bolton. 
Please also copy the message to our Provincial MPP Michael Prue to help us show the province of Ontario how much this means to our community.

You can also print out your letter and mail it to: Toronto District School Board Trustees, 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario,  M2N 5N8

Please help us remind the board that Secord is as much of a priority as any of the schools being considered in this round of funding approvals. Please send your message in time for the next TDSB Planning and Priorities meeting on June 12th. 

If you are available, please join us at the June 12 meeting, and once again let our numbers show how important a new facility is to our community. Contact the council (secord.council(at) to discuss transportation.

Sheila Cary-Meagher:
Chris Bolton:
Michael Prue:

Dear Toronto District School Board Trustees:

I am a parent/guardian of a child at Secord Public School.

We need you to right a wrong. We need you to approve the DA Morrison Pupil Accommodation Review, so that we can move forward as an equal priority to George Webster, when the Provincial Team makes their funding decisions.

Last year we went spent months consulting with our communities to complete the DA Morrison Pupil Accommodation Review. We worked together and came up with a solution: Secord would become a K-8 school, Parkside would close, their students joining DA Morrison as it becomes a K-8 school with French Immersion.

Some of these changes require renovations, and /or building updates. In Secord’s case we need our current 20+ year old port-a-pack, to be replaced with a permanent structure that can also accommodate full day kindergarten and the new 6-8 classes.

Other schools in our Ward are also feeling the pressure on their existing accommodations, and we understand and support their needs. However, our port-a-pack has long since reached the end of it’s useful life, and it is continuously requiring expensive maintenance and repairs in order for it to meet the minimum acceptable level of student accommodation. We will also need to increase our capacity in order to accommodate full day kindergarten, which is coming to Secord in Sept. 2014, we need our building to grow to support the increased population. Secord is as much of a priority due to accommodation pressure, maintenance requirements, and safety as any of the schools being considered in this round of funding approvals.

Since November, Secord has been stuck in a cycle where the TDSB blamed the province for not releasing funds for capital expenses, and the province has blamed the TDSB for not prioritizing it’s needs.

The reality is, we have been delayed 7 months due to an oversight and we can go no further until the PARC is approved by you.

We need to stop spending our limited funds on temporary band-aid solutions, like repairs to our port-a-pack, and invest in a much needed and overdue permanent facility.

It’s time for you to correct the oversight of not having our PARC approved last November.

Identify Secord as a priority and approve the DA Morrison Pupil Accommodation Review immediately and submit it for approval to the Provincial team along with George Webster in this round of approvals.


A concerned Secord parent/guardian.
(Feel free to adapt the text to your own words.)