St. Joseph's Morrow Park gets three-year reprieve

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  • September 21, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - St. Joseph’s Morrow Park High School students can breathe a sigh of relief — at least for the next three years.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is finalizing a deal with Tyndale College, which has been leasing the property to the board since 2006, that would allow students to remain at the school temporarily. Tyndale bought the 20-hectare property from the Sisters of St. Joseph three years ago. 

The board’s contract with Tyndale has been extended until 2013, with three one-year options afterwards, and it expects the negotiations to be finalized in the next month or two, said Angelo Sangiorgio, the board’s associate director of planning and activities.

The board will present a report to the community about the negotiations this fall.

Meanwhile, Ward 5 trustee Maria Rizzo said while she’s relieved that the lease has been extended, parents and students are hoping for a more concrete solution soon.

“We can’t relocate anywhere until we have money from the provincial government,” she said. “That’s what’s necessary for us to go anywhere. Otherwise the girls are homeless.”

Rizzo said at least $20 million is needed to build a new school in another location.

Still, the ideal solution for some parents, Rizzo said, is for the school to stay at its current location.

“It’s going to be the 50th year of St. Joseph’s history and it would be nice that in this 50th year, we would know what the future is for the school.”

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