|EMSB TO DECIDE UPON SCHOOL CLOSINGS|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 17, 2007- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Council of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday January 24 (7:30 p.m.) at Royal Vale School (5851 Somerled) to vote on recommendations to close four schools.
Schools being considered for closure are: St. Gabriel in Pointe St. Charles, McLearon in Pointe aux Trembles, Frederick Banting in Montreal North and Carlyle in Town of Mount Royal. Consultation has been ongoing since the EMSB Long Range Planning Committee made its recommendations in August. Hearing took place in December.
Projections by Baragar, the demographics company used by the EMSB and school boards across the country for such purposes, are based on enrolment and on three demographic criteria within the catchment area: the birth (population) history, the participation rate and the migration rate. The data includes the birth registry from the province of Quebec, the child tax benefit (baby bonus) from Revenue Canada and Revenue Quebec, and the Canadian family allowance files of children ages one to 17. Housing statistics by themselves are not true indicators that the school’s enrolment is anticipated to increase. Other factors need to be considered. This includes the type of housing, the market it is targeting and the eligibility of new families to English education. Therefore, Baragar projections take into account the migration rate that measures the net impact on the underlying population caused by children moving into and out of a catchment area.
Michael J. Cohen