The Toronto school board marked a turning point yesterday when it officially opened two high school computer labs funded by a corporate donor.

Future Shop put up $50,000 each for the Future Generation Tech Labs unveiled at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and Western Technical-Commercial School. The board will place a framed “thank you” card in the rooms to acknowledge the one-time donations.

The Toronto District School Board’s agreement with the electronics chain caused controversy when announced last spring, after the chain asked that the labs be painted in its signature red and grey colours and get placed in schools located within seven kilometres of a Future Shop.

But yesterday, as board chair John Campbell looked over the red-and-grey tech room at Marc Garneau on Overlea Blvd., he said, “I don’t know what all the fuss was about. It’s just a nicely painted room. There’s really nothing that would overly identify this as a Future Shop room.”

Some students, however, quickly embraced the connection.

“Definitely,” said 16-year-old Farzaneh Irani, when asked if the donation would sway her to shop at Future Shop.

“Best Buy didn’t give us anything,” agreed classmate Alysha Addetia.