Tyndale and TCDSB Sign Lease Extension for St. Joseph’s Morrow Park
In the spirit of continuing cooperation, Tyndale University College & Seminary and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) are pleased to announce the extension of the lease of St. Joseph’s Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School until June 30, 2015.
The current lease, set to expire on June 30, 2013, is extended for an additional two years at 3379 Bayview Avenue. This allows the TCDSB additional time to construct a new replacement school without disrupting Tyndale’s plans to consolidate its operations solely on its Bayview campus.
As part of the agreement between Tyndale and the TCDSB, Tyndale will have full use of five classrooms in the high school, as well as mutually convenient use of the gymnasium. Planned renovations by Tyndale during the extended lease term will continue and will not interfere with the day-to-day activities of the students.
“After an evaluation of our current needs and reviewing the full extent of the facilities we will have access to next year, we determined that the request for a lease extension could be accommodated,” said Randy Henderson, Tyndale’s Senior Vice President, Finance & Chief Operating Officer.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Tyndale,” says TCDSB Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues. “Our students, parents and staff are grateful for the opportunity to continue to enjoy the current facility while construction plans are underway for a new facility.”
The TCDSB has also received permission from the Ministry of Education to purchase the site at 500 Cummer Avenue to accommodate construction of the new St. Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School. Planning for the new school has started and construction will commence once City of Toronto approvals are received. The scheduled completion date for the newly built $24.75 million secondary school is September, 2015.
“The Board of Trustees is continuing to invest in new school facilities to support student achievement and well-being,” says TCDSB Chair Ann Andrachuk.
The high school building is adjoined to the current residence and operational facility of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, who will be moving to a new location by the spring of 2013. Their relocation provides Tyndale with access to significantly more space, which, combined with the additional space allocated for their use in the high school, will enable the college and seminary to continue with its previously announced plan to consolidate all its operations onto the Bayview campus as soon as possible.
Tyndale is a Christian university college and seminary that prepares individuals for work in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, ministry, and the global mission of the Church. Tyndale offers fully accredited programs in a wide range of disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students may study towards a BEd, BA, and BRE degree or a certificate in Christian Studies. Graduate-level education includes a doctor of ministry degree; master's degrees in divinity, theological studies or theology; and a graduate diploma in Christian Studies, Missions or Spiritual Formation. Currently, approximately 1,300 students representing over 40 denominations and 60 ethnic backgrounds attend Tyndale, which also has an estimated 9,500 alumni. Founded in 1894, Tyndale is strategically positioned in Toronto.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board educates more than 93,000 students from diverse cultures and language backgrounds in its 200 Catholic elementary and secondary schools and serves approximately 475,000 Catholic school supporters across the City of Toronto.