Carleton Village Public School - Parent Council

November 03, 2009 17:06 ET

TDSB Trustee Rodrigues Addresses Pool Closure During the Director's Visit to Carleton Village Public School

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2009) - Dr. Chris Spence, Trustee Maria Rodrigues, and Board Chair John Campbell will be visiting Carleton Village P.S. (315 Osler St., Toronto) on November 4th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. They will be visiting the classrooms and meeting the staff and students at CV.

Carleton Village PS has a well equipped, up-to-date six lane pool. Unfortunately, it is on the list of pools to be decommissioned December 31, 2009. The Parent Council, students, staff and community are desperate to keep their pool open and they are organizing around this important community resource.

The Parent Council invited various community organizations to their last meeting. They want to brainstorm and network with the community to save their pool. The Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, Jack of Sports Swim School, a representative from the Muslim community, Save our Pools Campaign representative and Trustee Rodrigues attended. The pool is so important to them that they have initiated their own marketing and fund raising campaign. John Sweeney, a long time active member of CV's Parent Council "cannot believe that the Director would support closing pools since focussing on Health and Physical Education is part of his Vision of Hope." Sweeney sees the pools as "an essential part of the school and their community. " He points out that "Carleton Village is at the centre of seven neighbourhood schools and it is the only one with a pool. If the Board wants schools to be community hubs, why close CV's pool which is a hub."

Trustee Rodrigues was invited by CVPS's Parent Council last week to talk about the impending pool decommissioning. She spoke about the importance of keeping CV's pool open and what they needed to do to accomplish this. She also invited all the parents to come to CVPS November 4th to meet the Director and ask him directly why the pool is closing.

The students at CVPS have chosen to focus on keeping their pool open. They have plans for various fundraising projects to raise cash to open the pool for their physical education program and plan to work hard collecting donations. They have also created a banner to fly outside the school voicing their support of their pool.

Parents, concerned community members, and Trustee Rodrigues will be available to speak with the media from 1:45pm. Come speak to these parents who, like Sandra Kidd believe "The future of our pools shouldn't rest solely on parent's efforts to raise the funds to keep them open but a concerted effort involving the TDSB to draw from across the community to make better use of them. Board politics and procedural hurdles should be put aside and our children's interests be put at the heart of the matter."

Contact Information

  • John Sweeney
    Nancy Campbell