With a youth and adult sector population of more than 37,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines. Our network consists of 77 schools and centres.
Vincent Massey Collegiate to get new gym and classroooms
Here is a copy of a letter EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini will be sending to parents, students and staff at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount on June 21 with some very exciting news.
June 21, 2012
Dear Parents, students and staff,
I am very pleased to share with you some extraordinary news.
The English Montreal School Board has
received formal confirmation fromQuebec
Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) Michelle Courchesne that
funding in the amount of $4.3 million has been granted to construct a new double
gymnasium and four additional classes at Vincent Massey Collegiate in
Both myself and our Vice-Chairman
Sylvia Lo Bianco have worked diligently on this dossier for well over a year. We
are naturally very proud of Vincent Massey, an Article 240 special status
school, with an enriched and structured
CEGEP preparatory program. The Ministry was told that we have a student population
of 752 in a building which was designed to accommodate 725 when it was
constructed in 1959.
Massey is one of the jewels of our system. Not only do I represent the school
as a commissioner, but I am also a graduate and the parent of two present-day
students.There has been a cap in
enrolment for a very long time. Year after year we have to turn students away.
This influx in much needed funding will bring the building up to the standards
Ms. Lo Bianco and I wish to express our gratitude to the
former Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports Line Beauchamp. Before she left office, Ms. Beauchamp made a
commitment to us that Vincent Massey would get its gymnasium and additional
classes. “We sincerely thank her and the
Liberal government for their support.
We will now proceed to commission the
architectural work necessary for the project to proceed.
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