MONTREAL, JULY 8, 2009- Antonio Lacroce has retired as the Director General of the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). Mr. Lacroce has served in this position for six years. Mario Tirelli, currently the Deputy Director General, has been appointed Acting Director General. Director of Financial Services Robert Stocker will continue in that capacity and also serve as Acting Deputy Director General.
Mr. Lacroce has 35 years of service in the public education sector. Prior to assuming his present duties on June 30, 2003, he served as deputy director general, director of human resources and regional director. He also spent seven years as the principal of Sir Winston Churchill High School (now LaurenHill) in Saint Laurent and Rosemount High School. Mr. Lacroce entered the education system as a physics teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science of Physics (Honours) from Loyola College (now Concordia University), a Master of Science of Physics from Université de Montréal and a Diploma in Secondary Education from McGill University.
“I have enjoyed every moment of my career in the public education system,” Mr. Lacroce stated. “The EMSB will always be very close to my heart. I am proud to have been part of this board since its creation on July 1, 1998 and of the years I spent prior to that with the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to move on. I wish everyone associated with this Board the very best of luck. We have accomplished a great deal in our first decade of existence.”
EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini thanked Mr. Lacroce for his dedicated years of service and wished him well in all future endeavors.
Mr. Tirelli has been the deputy director general for the past two years. Prior to that he was an EMSB regional director for six years, overseeing 30 elementary, secondary, outreach and social affairs schools. He has also served on a number of committees, including Long Range Planning. Before coming to work at the head office, he spent 12 years as the principal of three schools in St. Léonard – Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin and Laurier Macdonald. From 1977 to 1986 he served as the vice-principal of four schools – Napoleon Courtemanche, Roussin Academy, John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald. He began his career in education 37 years ago, in 1972 , as a mathematics teacher at Laurier Macdonald.
Over the years Mr. Tirelli has held a number of other positions including vice-president and member of the Association of English Montreal Board Administrators, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Montreal Athletic Association, the Comité Consultatif Central de Gestion Commission scolaire Jerome Le Royer, the Association des directrices et directeurs d’établissements d’enseignement de Le Royer and the Association Régional du Sport Scolaire de Montréal.
Mr. Stocker has served as the EMSB’s director of financial services since 1999. He will retain those duties while serving as Acting Deputy Director General. Prior to joining he EMSB he was head of finance for the Lakeshore General Hospital for six years. He has also served as business administrator for the Sacred Heart School of Montreal, director of administrative services for Les Promotions Sociales Taylor-Thibodeau (a centre for intellectually handicapped adults) as assistant director of finance at St. Mary’s Hospital. He worked for Cooper’s & Lybrand an audit supervisor upon graduation from university.