|EMSB CANCELS CLASSES AT 33 SCHOOLS FOR FEDERAL ELECTION DAY|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 13, 2006- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has announced that classes will be cancelled at 33 schools and centres on Monday, January 23, 2006 because their buildings will be used as polling stations for the federal election.
EMSB Director General Antonio Lacroce noted that school boards are required under law to make their facilities available for elections. He emphasized that it is not appropriate to keep schools open when members of the public are circulating through the premises.
Twenty-three elementary schools (Dante, General Vanier, Honoré Mercier and Pierre de Coubertin in St. Léonard; Frederick Banting and Gerald McShane in Montreal North; Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo in RDP; Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Rosemount; Bancroft on the Plateau; Carlyle and Dunrae Gardens in TMR; Cedarcrest and Parkdale in St. Laurent; John Caboto in Ahuntsic; Sinclair Laird in Park Extension; and St. Dorothy in St. Michel; Coronation in Côte des Neiges; Edinburgh in Montreal West; Hampstead; Merton in Côte Saint-Luc; and Royal Vale and St. Monica in N.D.G.), eight high schools (John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald in St. Léonard; Lester B. Pearson in Montreal North; John F. Kennedy in St. Michel; both LaurenHill Academy campuses in St. Laurent; Royal Vale in N.D.G., Royal West in Montreal West and Rosemount) and two adult centres (High School of Montreal on the Plateau and St. Pius X in Ahuntsic).
Background On Total School Days Lost
The EMSB hopes to determine soon how it will deal with this shortfall of required teaching days.
Michael J. Cohen