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 from Quebec 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 Rosemount.
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.
Vincent 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 it deserves.
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.