|EMSB RECEIVES $11 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR MAINTENANCE OF BUILDINGS|
MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 5, 2015– The English Montreal School Board has received $11.5 million from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS), which will be used for necessary repair and electrical work, renovations and plumbing in 33 buildings.
School buildings benefitting from this work include John Caboto Academy and St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic; Dante, Honoré Mercier Pierre de Coubertin Elementary and Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard; Royal West Academy, Edinburgh and Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary in Montreal West; Rosemount High School and Technology Centre, Vincent Massey Collegiate and Nesbitt Elementary in Rosemount; LaurenHill Academy, Parkdale and Gardenview Elementary in St. Laurent; St. Monica and Willingdon Elementary and Marymount Academy in NDG; Options I and II and Venture Alternative High Schools in Ville Émard; John F. Kennedy High School and Adult Centre in St. Michel; Bancroft Elementary in the Plateau; Galileo Adult Education Centre in Montreal North; Mountainview Alternative High School and Merton Elementary in Côte Saint-Luc; Dunrae Gardens and Carlyle Elementary in TMR; Hampstead Elementary; Roslyn and Westmount Park Elementary and Westmount High School; Sinclair Laird Elementary in Park Extension; Coronation Elementary and Mile End Alternative High School in Côte des Neiges.
EMSB Commissioner Patricia Lattanzio represented Chairman Angela Mancini at a press conference organized by Quebec Minister of Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change David Heurtel, who highlighted the funds being directed to schools in his East End Viau riding.
“While the future of school boards continue to be openly questioned by our critics, I am pleased to report that we continue to fulfil the most important part of our raison d’être which is graduating students,” said Ms. Lattanzio. “I raise this issue because we believe with absolute certainty that the physical state of our buildings has a direct relationship with how well our students perform in class.”
Mr. Heurtel pointed to a facility in his constituency, John F. Kennedy High School and Adult Centre in St. Michel, which has been allocated $431,000 allocated for electrical work. “We have the responsibility to make create healthy and secure working environments not only for students, but also for all staff who are part of this pedagogical experience,” said the Minister.
Added Ms. Lattanzio: “We evaluate all of our buildings on a very regular basis to deem what needs replacement and upgrades. Some work is urgent; other work can be done according to a specific schedule. In the case of John F. Kennedy and the others on our list, we hope to begin the process as soon as possible.”
Ms. Lattanzio thanked Mr. Heurtel and publicly extended an invitation for him to visit some EMSB schools “where our students would benefit from your knowledge about the environment.”
Michael J. Cohen