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MONTREAL, JUNE 15, 2007- The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Royal West Academy (189 Eaton) Gymnasium project in Montreal West will take place on Thursday, June 21 (2 p.m.).

Two years ago the Quebec government announced that it was providing $2 million in funding for the long awaited project. The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) made representations for this specific project for many years. Royal Westís 800 plus students are housed in a 70 year facility. The present-day two small gymasiums will be replaced by a brand new state of the art facility which conforms to all of the Ministry codes when it comes to safety and security. The former gym space will now be available for special events, assemblies, concerts, presentations and theatrical productions, no longer necessitating the need to cancel gym classes for such occasions.

The project was originally expected to get underway earlier; however there were some unforeseen delays in the zoning process. EMSB Chairman Dominic Spiridigliozzi said that a contract has now been awarded. Construction will commence shortly, with the objective of having the project completed by late fall. This will be a stand alone gymnasium, constructed on existing Royal West property.

Mr. Spiridigliozzi expressed his gratitude to N.D.G. Liberal MNA Russell Copeman, the EMSB administrators, Montreal West Commissioner Dr. John Simms and members of the Royal West Academy family who worked so hard to make this project become a reality.

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