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EMSB SET FOR FIRST DAY OF CLASSES ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 31

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MONTREAL, AUGUST 30, 2010 –  Students  of the English Montreal School Board’s (EMSB) primary and secondary institutions will return to class on  Tuesday,   August 31, 2010. Kindergarten children must be five years of age on or before September 30, 2010 while  Grade 1 (Cycle 1) students must be six years old on or before the same date.

The EMSB serves more than 35,000 students at 38 elementary schools, 17 secondary schools, nine outreach schools, 11 social affairs institutions and 11 adult and vocational centres.   Projected enrolment in the youth sector is 21,370. That is down from 22,299 last year and 23,062 in 2008-2009. The EMSB had more than 27,000 students in kindergarten to Grade 11 in 2002, before Bill 104 was adopted. This legislation excluded studies completed in the Quebec Private School system.as a basis for admission and represents a chief reason for the decline in numbers. Bill 104 was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada last fall. The  provincial government intends to replace it with Bill 103, which the EMSB opposes. A brief has been submitted to the Quebec National Assembly Committee on Culture and Education.

EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini notes that according to an analysis done by the Long Range Planning Committee, enrolment is expected to continue to drop until it stabilizes at around 19,000 in the next couple of years. At the adult education and vocational services level, the numbers remain strong at over 13,000.

Ms. Mancini will be available to talk to the media at noon on  Tuesday, August 31 (Noon) at St. Dorothy Elementary School in St. Michel (8961 6th Avenue). Last month m
ore than 200 volunteers lifted their sleeves to construct a new playground donated by Foresters Life Insurance and KaBOOM!

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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