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Secord Elementary parents to stage walkout this morning

10/24/2014 09:45 EDT | Updated 12/24/2014 05:59 EST
Angry over the state of a school building one parent describes as a "horrible place to be learning," parents of students at a Toronto east-end elementary school plan to pull their kids out of class this morning.

Parents are planning to pull their kids from classes at Secord Elementary, located near Danforth Avenue and Main Street, at 10 a.m. Friday, to protest the state of the structure they say has been in use for 20 years.

Parents say they're frustrated at the Toronto District School Board's unwillingness to replace a water-damaged group of portables connected by a common hallway. 

Heather Tormey, co-chair of the school's parents' council, appeared on Metro Morning Friday and said parents are trying to convince the TDSB that the building should be replaced, not repaired as planned.

"We're stuck between the TDSB and the province looking for funding," Tormey told host Matt Galloway. "The province is saying they have high expectations of the TDSB and the TDSB is saying they simply don't have enough money."

Images posted on the school's parent council blog show walls and ceilings with water damage. Parents are concerned about the presence of mould though the TDSB has said the building has been inspected and is safe.

A TDSB spokesman told The Globe and Mail that the building's roof will undergo repairs next week to address the water problem.

Tormey said parents are tired of patchwork solutions to a group of portables that she says are overdue for replacement.

"We are asking parents if they are able to, join us as a unified voice and saying this is not acceptable."

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