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EMSB SENDS PROPOSED THREE-YEAR PLAN OUT FOR CONSULTATION

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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 10, 2010   The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Council of Commissioners has accepted to send a proposed new  three-year plan (2011 to 2014) for the network of schools and centres  out for consultation, with a formal vote on the document set to take place in early February 2011.

Consultation on a proposed three-year plan is subject to at least one annual review.  In the proposed three-year plan, the enrolment forecasts for elementary and secondary schools (excluding Article 240, Outreach and Social Affairs schools) are based on the actual September 30, 2010 enrolment.   Elementary and secondary schools with an enrolment of less than 200 students on September 30, 2010, with projected enrolment forecasts to 2013-14 with the same number, are being notified in the proposed three-year plan that they may be subject to consultation for maintenance, closure or reorganization for 2012-13.  Schools and centres sharing a facility are also being given the same notice.   Elementary schools offering “two tracks, that is, the English core and one extended French program, are  being notified in the proposed three-year plan that they may be subject to consultation for maintenance, closure or reorganization for 2012-13.

The EMSB is considering the opening of a new secondary high school in 2011-12 in the former Wagar facility (now known as the Giovanni Palatucci Facility), offering Secondary Cycle 1, year 1, with the addition of Secondary Cycle 1, year 2 in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

There are schools that should consider relocation either because they are at overcapacity within their facility or for the continued growth that is in the best interest for their program, and may be subject to consultation for maintenance, closure or reorganization for 2012-13.  There are benefits to be derived from the amalgamation of Adult Education and Vocational Sector (AEVS) programs. Therefore, secondary schools that share facilities with AEVS programs may be subject to consultation for maintenance, closure or reorganization for 2012-13.

The Long Range Planning Committee reviews the network of school facilities on an on-going basis.  The intent of this consultation on this proposed three-year plan 2011-14 is to apprise stakeholders of the possible upcoming changes within the network of EMSB schools and centres. These proposals, if any, will be presented to the Council of Commissioners at the regular scheduled Board Meeting of March 30, 2011.  The proposed three-year plan will  now be sent for consultation to the Central Parents' Committee, to all Governing Boards of  schools and centres, to all municipalities on the Board’s territory, to the city and boroughs of Montreal and to the Montreal Metropolitan Community, the whole as per Section 193 (2) and Section 211 of the Education Act. The Board welcomes any comments, suggestions or ideas that may come from this proposed three-year plan 2011-2014 by Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca