Item - 2015.EX4.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 31, 2015 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on March 25, 2015 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on March 31, 2015.
  • See also TS1.3

EX4.4 - Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City-School Boards Advisory Committee

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 31, April 1 and 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 
1.  City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Committee to prioritize in its 2015-2016 work plan, the development of a new multilateral, consultative relationship for the City of Toronto, the School Boards and the Province of Ontario with respect to schools lands utlization and disposition that: 


a.  takes into consideration the full value of schools as community assets, in addition to their value as educational institutions;

 

b.  provides a viable framework for retaining public ownership of former school properties when there is agreement among the parties that the site should be retained;

 

c.  identifies alternative funding sources beyond municipal funding to keep schools as community assets;

 

d.  recommends changes to the “pupil accommodation” formula and Regulation 444/98 of the Education Act to address issues of common concern related to utilization of school space for education and community use; and


e.  develops a new model for more coordinated capital and land-use planning;

 

2.  City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Committee to report back to Executive Committee on these issues by the fourth quarter of 2015 and to also consider compliance with Access for Ontario with Disability Act (AODA) requirements.

 

3.  City Council request the Province and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to engage the City of Toronto as a strategic partner in the 2014-2016 Pupil Accomodation Review studies, reviews of sites transferred to Toronto Lands Corporation and other processes.

 

4.  City Council direct the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to the City-School Boards Advisory Committee, as part of its 2015-2016 Workplan:

 

a.  with a site location map that shows proximity of schools with utilization rates of 65 percent or lower to the nearest subject or replacement school, and the ability to locate an existing day care centre in any and all new destination neighbourhood schools;

 

b.  on potential restitution or compensation options to the City of Toronto for capital investments made in such schools subject to disposition, including, but not restricted to, day care centres, pools, playground improvements and reading gardens; and

 

c. on school catchment and bussing policies and whether such can be amended to build capacity and increase enrollment in schools with low utilization rates.

 

5.  City Council direct the City Solicitor to report to the September 3, 2015 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on the ability of the City to require an application to be in place before a demolition permit is issued for a school site.

 

6.  City Council request that this Item be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to support a new multi-lateral consultative relationship between municipalities, school boards and the Province of Ontario.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 10, 2015) Report from the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City-School Boards Advisory Committee
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77897.pdf
Appendix A - Summary Statistics on Municipal Interests in Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools under Review/ Proposed for Closure
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77898.pdf
Appendix B - Table 1 - Municipal interests in "Consideration for Sale" Sites: Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) Properties identified for potential sale
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77899.pdf
Appendix C - Map 1 - Municipal Interests in "Consideration for Sale" sites: Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) Properties Identified for Potential Sale
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77960.pdf
Appendix D - Table 2 and 2a: Municipal Interests in "Review for Closure" Sites: Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools identified for Pupil Accommodation Reviews and Non-Educational Uses at "Review for Closure" Sites
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77961.pdf
Appendix E - Map 2 - Municipal Interests in "Review for Closure" Sites: Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools Identified for Pupil Accommodation Reviews
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77962.pdf
Appendix F - List of 130 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools with 2014 Utilization Rates of 65% or Lower, listed by Utilization Rate
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77963.pdf
Appendix G - Divisional Comments on Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Potential School Closures: Children's Services Division, City Planning; Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77964.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(March 20, 2015) Letter from Marilyn E. Schafer, Chair, Older Women's Network (EX.Supp.EX4.4.1)

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 1 by:

 

a. adding the words “utilization and” in the lead in phrase; and

 

b. adding the following two new parts:

 

d. recommends changes to the “pupil accommodation” formula and Regulation 444/98 of the Education Act to address issues of common concern related to utilization of school space for education and community use;

 

e. develops a new model for more coordinated capital and land-use planning;

 

so that Recommendation 1 now reads:

 

1. City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to prioritize in its 2015- 2016 work plan, the development of a new multilateral, consultative relationship for the City of Toronto, the School Boards and the Province of Ontario with respect to schools lands utilization and disposition that:

 

a. takes into consideration the full value of schools as community assets, in addition to their value as educational institutions;

 

b. provides a viable framework for retaining public ownership of former school properties when there is agreement among the parties that the site should be retained;

 

c. identifies alternative funding sources beyond municipal funding to keep schools as community assets;

 

d. recommends changes to the “pupil accommodation formula" and Regulation 444/98 of the Education Act to address issues of concern related to utilization and funding of school space for educational and community uses;

 

e. develops a new model for more coordinated capital and land-use planning;

 

Vote (Amend Item) Apr-01-2015 12:16 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.4 - Davis - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 11 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Rob Ford, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Mark Grimes

1b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 3 by deleting the words “studies of potential school sales and closures” and replaceing them with “Pupil Accommodation Review studies, reviews of sites transferred to Toronto Lands Corporation and other processes” so that the recommentation now reads:

 

3.  City Council request the Province and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to engage the City of Toronto as a strategic partner in the 2014-2016 Pupil Accommodation Review studies, reviews of sites transferred to Toronto Lands Corporation and other processes.

Vote (Amend Item) Apr-01-2015 12:17 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Ex4.4 - Davis - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Mark Grimes

2a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendation 2 by adding the words "and to also consider compliance with Access for Ontario with Disability Act (AODA) requirements" so that it now reads as follows:

 

2.  City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to report back to Executive Committee on these issues by the fourth quarter of 2015 and to also consider compliance with Access for Ontario with Disability Act (AODA) requirements.

 

Vote (Amend Item) Apr-01-2015 12:18 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.4 - Ainslie - motion 2a
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Mark Grimes

2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council request that this Item be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to support a new multi-lateral consultative relationship between municipalities, school boards and the Province of Ontario.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-01-2015 12:19 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.4 - Ainslie - motion 2b
Total members that voted Yes: 43 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Mark Grimes

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Colle (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Solicitor to report to the September 3, 2015 meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee on the ability of the City to require an application to be in place before a demolition permit is issued for a school site.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-01-2015 12:20 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.4 - Colle - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 43 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Mark Grimes

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-01-2015 12:21 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.4 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 43 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Mark Grimes

EX4.4 - Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City-School Boards Advisory Committee

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 
1.  City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to prioritize in its 2015-2016 work plan, the development of a new multilateral, consultative relationship for the City of Toronto, the School Boards and the Province of Ontario with respect to schools lands disposition that: 


a.  takes into consideration the full value of schools as community assets, in addition to their value as educational institutions;

 

b.  provides a viable framework for retaining public ownership of former school properties when there is agreement among the parties that the site should be retained; and

 

c.  identifies alternative funding sources beyond municipal funding to keep schools as community assets.

 

2.  City Council direct the City-School Boards Advisory Council to report back to Executive Committee on these issues by the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

3.  City Council request the Province and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to engage the City of Toronto as a strategic partner in the 2014-2016 studies of potential school sales and closures.

 

4.  City Council direct the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to the City-School Boards Advisory Committee, as part of its 2015-2016 Workplan:

 

a.  with a site location map that shows proximity of schools with utilization rates of 65 percent or lower to the nearest subject or replacement school, and the ability to locate an existing day care centre in any and all new destination neighbourhood schools;

 

b.  on potential restitution or compensation options to the City of Toronto for capital investments made in such schools subject to disposition, including, but not restricted to, day care centres, pools, playground improvements and reading gardens; and

 

c. on school catchment and bussing policies and whether such can be amended to build capacity and increase enrollment in schools with low utilization rates.

Origin

(March 10, 2015) Report from the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A

Summary

This report clarifies the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) ten year plan for school closures and summarizes the implications of this plan in light of the City's fourfold interest in schools as community assets:

 

1.      schools as spaces for child care and early learning;

2.      school lands as green space;

3.      schools as sites for non-educational services and programming; and

4.      schools to serve growth areas.

 

The report recommends that the City pursue a new multilateral relationship with the School Boards and the Province of Ontario in relation to the disposition of school board properties in Toronto, in order to realize and retain the value of schools as community assets. The new City-School Boards Advisory Committee, approved by Toronto City Council at its February 2015 meeting, is the appropriate body to investigate and recommend options for this process.

Background Information

(March 10, 2015) Report from the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Schools as Community Assets - A Policy Agenda for the City-School Boards Advisory Committee
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77897.pdf
Appendix A - Summary Statistics on Municipal Interests in Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools under Review/ Proposed for Closure
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77898.pdf
Appendix B - Table 1 - Municipal interests in "Consideration for Sale" Sites: Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) Properties identified for potential sale
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77899.pdf
Appendix C - Map 1 - Municipal Interests in "Consideration for Sale" sites: Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) Properties Identified for Potential Sale
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77960.pdf
Appendix D - Table 2 and 2a: Municipal Interests in "Review for Closure" Sites: Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools identified for Pupil Accommodation Reviews and Non-Educational Uses at "Review for Closure" Sites
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77961.pdf
Appendix E - Map 2 - Municipal Interests in "Review for Closure" Sites: Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools Identified for Pupil Accommodation Reviews
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77962.pdf
Appendix F - List of 130 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Schools with 2014 Utilization Rates of 65% or Lower, listed by Utilization Rate
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77963.pdf
Appendix G - Divisional Comments on Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Potential School Closures: Children's Services Division, City Planning; Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77964.pdf

Communications

(March 20, 2015) Letter from Marilyn E. Schafer, Chair, Older Women's Network (EX.Supp.EX4.4.1)

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That City Council direct the Acting Deputy City Manager, Cluster A report to the City-School Boards Advisory Committee, as part of its 2015-2016 Workplan:

 

1.  with a site location map that shows proximity of schools with utilization rates of 65% or lower to the nearest subject or replacement school, and the ability to locate an existing day care centre in any and all new destination neighbourhood schools.

 

2.  on potential restitution or compensation options to the City of Toronto for capital investments made in such schools subject to disposition, including, but not restricted to, day care centres, pools, playground improvements and reading gardens.

 

3. on school catchment and bussing policies and whether such can be amended to build capacity and increase enrollment in schools with low utilization rates.

 


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That Recommendation 1.c be amended so that it now reads as follows:

 

1.c.  identifies alternative funding sources beyond municipal funding to keep schools as community assets.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council