|EMSB COMMISSIONERS TO VOTE ON PROPOSED SCHOOL CLOSURES AND RELOCATIONS|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 10, 2005– The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Council of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 17 on the subject of proposed major school change. Proceedings will begin at 7 p.m at Royal Vale School in N.D.G. (5851 Somerled).
Four elementary schools and two high schools are being considered for closure. In addition, the relocation of two adult centres and three outreach high schools for the 2005-2006 academic year is also being proposed. Governing boards for each school and centre affected by possible major school change were given an opportunity to present briefs at hearings last month.
Elementary schools being considered for closure are: St. Ignatius of Loyola in N.D.G., St. Gabriel in Pointe St. Charles, St. Patrick in the Plateau and McLearon in Pointe aux Trembles. Another recommendation deals with the core English program being phased out at Roslyn in Westmount to allow for growth in its French immersion program. High schools proposed for closure are: St. Pius X in Ahuntsic and Wagar in Côte Saint-Luc. For the adult sector, it is being recommended that the High School of Montreal, presently based in St. Michel, move to the St. Patrick facility where it was previously located and that the Marymount Adult Centre relocate to the Wagar building. Finally, it is being proposed that Perspectives I and II in Montreal North take up residence in St. Michel where the High School of Montreal is now and for Program Mile End to move from rented quarters on De L’Épee Street in Park Extension to the St. Patrick building. The latter two are part of the Outreach network, which is designed for students who have not reached their potential in traditional high school settings.
Michael J. Cohen