MONTREAL, MAY 2. 2011 – Nearly six years after Quebec Superior Court Judge Jean-Francois Buffoni denied a request for an interlocutory injunction by plaintiffs to keep St. Patrick Elementary School in Plateau open, the case has been officially closed.
The English Montreal School Board agreed to settle the case for $3,750, with neither side accepting any responsibility. “Before any other public funds were spent on this matter we felt that it was in the best interests of the system to conclude this case once and for all,” stated EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini.
St. Patrick Elementary School had 79 students in a building which could house 570. On January 17, 2005, following an extensive consultation process, the EMSB Council of Commissioners voted to close St. Patrick, along with three other schools. Two months later respondents for the school’s governing board instituted legal proceedings.. In July 2005 that request was rejected and students were transferred to nearby Bancroft Elementary School. In May 2009, the case was brought back before the Court for the issuance of a permanent injunction, but the two parties met recently to conclude proceedings