MONTREAL, JUNE 20, 2012 – The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has received formal confirmation from the Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) that funding in the amount of $4.3 million has been granted to construct a new double gymnasium and four additional classes at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount.
EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini and Vice-Chairman Sylvia Lo Bianco have worked diligently on this dossier for well over a year. Vincent Massey is an Article 240 special status school, with an enriched and structured CEGEP preparatory program. It has a student population of 752 in a building which was designed to accommodate 725 when it was constructed in 1959.
“Vincent Massey is one of the jewels of our system,” said Ms. Mancini, who not only represents the school as a commissioner but is also a graduate and the parent of two present-day students. “There has been a cap in enrolment for a very long time. Year after year we have to turn students away. This influx in much needed funding will bring the building up to the standards it deserves.”
Ms. Lo Bianco wished to express the EMSB’s gratitude to the former Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports Line Beauchamp. “Before she left office, Ms. Beauchamp made a commitment to us that Vincent Massey would get its gymnasium and additional classes. “We sincerely thank her and the Liberal government for their support.”
The EMSB will now proceed to commission the architectural work necessary for the project to proceed.