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MONTREAL, MAY 20, 2005- On behalf of the Minister of Education, Sports and Recreation, Mr. Jean-Marc Fournier, the Member of the Quebec National Assembly for Mount Royal and Minister of Health and Social Services Phillippe Couillard formally announced today that $925,000 in funding has been approved for the construction of at least four new classrooms at Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in Town of Mount Royal.

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has been making representations to the Ministry for this specific project for many years. Dunrae Gardens has 420 students in a building with the capacity for only 385. Its enrolment, in fact, is expected to go up by 15 next August. It has a very successful French immersion program which annually results in a great demand for student places. The facility was originally constructed in 1929 and expanded once, in 1951. There are presently 18 classrooms and two others which have been converted into science and music rooms. Two years ago one beautifully sized classroom had to be divided into two.

EMSB Chairman Dominic Spiridigliozzi said that the tendering process will get underway immediately, with the objective of having the project completed by September 2006.

Mr. Spiridigliozzi expressed his gratitude to Mr. Couillard and, in particular, his constituency assistant Constant Digirolamo who has worked hard on this dossier for many years.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213