Toronto school board will look at enrolment
If enough parents show interest in enrolling their children in a black-focused school, the Toronto board could start up two.
The day after trustees voted to establish what is being called the country’s first Africentric alternative school — expected to open in September 2009 — Gerry Connelly said if a lot of parents want to enrol their children, the board would consider opening another.
"It could be more than one, or we could decide to have a school with 800 students," said Connelly, who heads the Toronto District School Board, adding it would depend on what size school parents would like.
But, she added, the intent is to keep such a school — or schools — smaller. In general, alternative schools enrol 100 to 200 students.
The board plans to soon send out a survey to parents across the city to find out who, and where, there’s interest.
Education Minister Kathleen Wynne said short of changing the Education Act, the province does not have the authority to override the board on this issue.