|EMSB TO BREAK GROUND ON $4.3 MILLION EXTENSION OF VINCENT MASSEY COLLEGIATE IN ROSEMOUNT|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 – The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, November 27 (12 p.m.) at Vincent Massey Collegiate (5925 27th Avenue) in Rosemount for a new double gymnasium and four additional classes.
In the spring of 2012 the Quebec Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) announced funding in the amount of $4.3 million for Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount. EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini and Vice-Chairman Sylvia Lo Bianco 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 745 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, who will attend the groundbreaking. “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 for the support.”
The EMSB commissioned the architectural work to Daniel Fontaine of Poirier Fontaine. It is hoped that the project can be completed in time for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Michael J. Cohen