Some good news for Toronto Ukrainian Catholic Elementary School Josyf Cardinal Slipyj:
The Rathburn Road-Renforth Drive area school is one of four Catholic elementary schools in Etobicoke recently approved by the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) to receive additions to replace existing portables. Other local schools slated for additions include Father Serra, Josyf Cardinal Slipyj and St. Stephen.
Additions will increase space required to accommodate Ministry of Education-directed smaller primary class sizes. Board-wide, the TCDSB qualified for funding for 2,254 pupil places.
Board officials took a strategic decision to cluster the schools getting the additions, one board official said.
"We identified schools with a high number of portables where projected enrolment is stable or increasing to take the larger additions, instead of the other option of buying more portables," said Angelo Sangiorgio, associate director of planning and facilities with the school board. "We’ll do six to eight to 10-classroom additions around a centrally located elementary school."