MONTREAL, JANUARY 12, 2012 – The English Montreal School Board Council of Commissioners have voted to close three schools as of June 30, 2012: St. John Bosco Elementary in Ville Émard, St. Brendan Elementary in Rosemount; and Fraser Academy in St. Laurent.
As a result of the decisions, the following recommendations from the EMSB Long Range Planning Committee are in place: the St. John Bosco population be consolidated at the St. Gabriel Elementary School in Point St. Charles and that Vezina Alternative High School remain in the same facility; the St. Brendan population be directed to Nesbitt Elementary, also in Rosemount, for the core English program and to General Vanier Elementary in St. Léonard for extended French; the Fraser Academy population be directed to John Caboto Academy in Ahuntsic.
The Council approved proposals from the Long Range Planning Committee to keep Nesbitt and Carlyle Elementary Schools and James Lyng High open. In addition, it was agreed that Royal Vale High School in NDG not be relocated to the Giovanni Palatucci Facility in Côte Saint-Luc, Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount not be relocated to the St. Pius X facility in Ahuntsic and St. Raphael School, Program Mile End, the Laurier Macdonald Vocational Centre programs for hairdressing, electrolysis and aesthetics and Perspectives II Alternative High School not be moved either. One satellite class for special needs adult students (CARE) affiliated with the Marymount Adult Education Centre presently housed in the Shadd Business Centre in NDG will relocated to the Giovanni Palatucci Facility .
A special council meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18 (7:30 p.m.) to deal with ecommendations for the implementation of distinct boundaries for Core schools (33 percent French) to those offering an extended French Program (Bilingual or French Immersion): Carlyle, Dalkeith, Elizabeth Ballantyne, Hampstead, Parkdale, St. Brendan and Westmount Park.