TDSB officially closing 3 schools in 2016

The Toronto District School Board is closing three schools this year under its plan to reform operations.

Low enrolment to blame, board spokesman says

A spokesman for the Toronto District School Board says two of the three schools being closed this year will be put up for sale. (iStock)

The Toronto District School Board is closing three schools this year under its plan to reform operations.

TDSB communications officer Ryan Bird said Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute and Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute are all set to close. 

Bird told CBC News the latter two schools will be referred to the Toronto Lands Corporation, the board's real estate arm, to be sold.

Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute "was essentially closed last year due to low enrolment," Bird said via email. "In this case, while the school is closed, the building itself remains in our inventory as it currently holds an alternative school and our museum and archives."

Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute was also essentially closed in 2015 because of a lack of students. However, the board only voted to officially close the North York school on Wednesday. 

Bird confirmed the TDSB had addressed a $21-million deficit in May. While he admitted the board was going to make money from selling these properties, he added: "The closure of these schools has nothing to do with the deficit."

In February, it was revealed that the TDSB had 70 schools under review for possible closure as the board seeks to rid itself of under-utilized buildings. It is not yet clear if any other schools will be closed in 2016.