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Buyers beware: several schools near condo towers have no room for new students

(Image: Tomash Devenishek)

Living in a condo building with kids can be tough: there’s less space for playtime, more insults from deputy mayor Doug Holyday and now—worryingly—no room at local schools. The Toronto District School Board has posted notices in several communities warning condo buyers that nearby public schools are over capacity and can’t accept more students. For instance, in the High Park area, local school trustee Irene Atkinson is expecting an influx of 400 new elementary students in the next few years (already, approximately 270 kids are being bused to schools in neighbouring wards). The situation has local councillor Sarah Doucette wondering, “Can we take over any malls? Can we start building secondary schools in apartment buildings?” Given that condo towers already feature bowling alleys, golf simulators and virtual concierges, we guess throwing in a few classrooms isn’t so far-fetched. [CBC]