The Toronto Star has published a news article that discusses the state of disrepair of school buildings across Ontario.
According to the government-sponsored survey, David and Mary Thomson Collegiate ranks number 217 out of 4,656 school buildings surveyed in Ontario in terms of scale of disrepair. This means Thomson Collegiate has one of the worst building infrastructures in Ontario (worse than 95.4 percent of all other school structures), meriting a ‘critical’ rating in the survey. Neighbouring school Bendale BTI ranks worse, with a critical rating of 64 out of 4,656 schools in the survey (worse than 98.7 percent of all other school structures).
No doubt this negative news is distressing for families and students who attend each school. But it also reflects the reality that both Bendale and Thomson are slated for demolition as soon as the proposed new David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute opens its doors. Thus it appears that in recent years TDSB officials have not been wasting scarce budget dollars on anything but the most basic and critical upkeep in both obsolete buildings.
Architectural plans have been completed for the new school, to be built on empty lands adjacent to Highbrook Public School and Bendale BTI. TDSB officials have yet to set a date for start of construction, but an announcement is believed to be imminent.
Below is the detailed data on Thomson CI as captured from the data widget published with the Toronto Star news article: