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EMSB ISSUES BAN ON USE OF 15-PASSENGER MINI-VAN MODELS

MONTREAL, JANUARY 18,  2008-   The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is formally issuing a directive to all of its schools and centres banning, until further notice, the type of mini-van used in the tragic accident which claimed the lives of seven students and a teacher from Bathurst High School in New Brunwick.

Immediately following the accident, the EMSB conducted a survey of its schools to see if any of them have ever used this 15-passenger van model. At least three schools responded that they have. EMSB Director General Antonio Lacroce explained that   transportation arranged from the head office only involves large school buses and, in some cases, 20 seat mini-buses which are considered safe.  

“In light of what occurred in New Brunswick and the reports we are getting  which put into question  the safety of this 15 seat van model I do not feel comfortable having any of our schools using it at the present time,” said Mr. Lacroce. “This will remain the case until we get some directive from the Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports.”
Mr. Lacroce and EMSB Chair Angela Mancini also sent a letter to the principal of Bathurst High School, expressing condolences on this tragic loss of life.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca