|EMSB PROCEEDS WITH TRANSITION PROCESS FOR CLOSURE OF JOHN XXIII SCHOOL|
MONTREAL, JUNE 19, 2001— The English Montreal School Board has begun initiating the necessary administrative steps for an orderly transition of students and staff from John XXIII Elementary School in N.D.G.
A resolution to close John XXIII was adopted by the Council of Commissioners on January 19, 2000. However, last summer Quebec Superior Court Justice Pierre Dalphond issued an interlocutory injunction to keep the school open for 2000-2001. The governing board recently withdrew litigation against the EMSB. A motion to suspend the application of the closure of John XXIII was defeated at a special Board meeting on June 18, resulting in its imminent closure as of June 30, 2001.
EMSB Regional Director Mario Tirelli will attend a general council meeting of the John XXIII Governing Board on Thursday, June 21. Students wishing to remain in the bilingual French program will be directed to St. Monica Elementary School for the next academic year. Those who would prefer to register for the English core program will have the option of registering at Westmount Park Elementary School on a first come, first serve basis. Parents of kindergarten pupils who choose the French immersion stream may be accommodated at Willingdon Elementary School in N.D.G. This will depend upon available space and be done on a first come, first serve basis. Busing will be provided in accordance with the EMSB Transportation Policy.
A letter from John XXIII Principal Greg Lang has been sent to parents, asking them to indicate by Friday, June 22 their choice of school for 2001-2002. The receiving schools will subsequently confirm the registration to each parent by registered mail.
The EMSB has also announced that a pre-kindergarten program will be placed at St. Monica for at least one year to accommodate the John XXIII community. It is anticipated that as in the past, supplementary funding will follow the majority of the students to their new school. The EMSB is in the process of confirming this with the committees responsible for these programs. In regard to the status of John XXII staff, meetings will be held with the unions representing teachers, caretakers and secretaries.
Michael J. Cohen