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St. Edward Catholic School Marks a New Beginning 



Students, staff, parents, members of the community, the parish and dignitaries from the Toronto Catholic District School Board and other levels of government are expected to be on hand for a sod turning ceremony that marks the start of construction for a new school facility for St. Edward Catholic School. The ground breaking ceremony takes place at 5:30 p.m. today at 1 Botham Road.  
“This is an exciting time of growth for our school board,” says TCDSB Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues. “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to invest in better buildings for out students, our staff and our communities.”
In addition to St. Edward, five other new or replacement school projects are underway including Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati in Scarborough and St. Ambrose in Etobicoke.
“This is a very ambitious capital program, which takes into consideration the programming needs for our students, including specialized classroom space for Full Day Kindergarten,” says TCDSB Chair Ann Andrachuk. “We are very proud of our track record of maintaining a balanced budget while also investing in our school facilities.”
 “This day has been a long time coming,” says Trustee Maria Rizzo. “I thank all the parents, students, staff and members of the community for their support and their tireless advocacy on behalf of the young people in this neighbourhood. I look forward to celebrating with everyone again when this wonderful new state of the art school is completed.”  


The new school built for 421 pupils will occupy a site approximately 48,814 square feet. Some of the features of the barrier free facility include learning pavilions, clearly divided areas for public and school uses, a multi-purpose room available for specialty programs and after hours use, an elevator and barrier-free washrooms, administrative office located to visually control the front entrance and the corridor to community spaces, new Early Learning kindergarten classrooms with washrooms and storage facilities, dedicated JK/SK exterior play area, a “community pavilion” that contains the multi-purpose room, gymnasium and support spaces for after-hours community programs, clearly delineated parking and drop-off areas that are separate from the bus route and kindergarten drop off, well-defined, student-friendly playground areas that combine hard and soft landscaping, retaining significant number of existing trees and design that incorporates enhanced access to natural light particularly in classrooms, water efficient landscaping and enhanced site storm water management, high performance windows and cool white roof to reduce heat gain through the roof.


St. Edward’s is currently housed at 21 Eddfield Avenue. The target date for completion of the new school is Fall 2013.


Students check out their future school.

St. Edward students and dignitaries turn the sod to mark the start of construction.


Principal Tony DeCiantis and Trustee Maria Rizzo cut the cake.