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.
Transfer of Schools, Major School Change, EMSB budget and Willingdon podcasts
TRANSFER OF SCHOOLS: EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini is deeply disappointed with the decision by Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge’s to transfer two school buildings – John Paul I Junior High and General Vanier in St. Léonard – to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Ile (CSPI). Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North will not be transferred. As requested by the Minister, a copy of the letter explaining his decision has been transmitted to parents and staff of the three schools. Ms. Mancini has announced that a Town Hall meeting only for parents, administrators and Governing Board members from John Paul I and General Vanier will take place next Tuesday evening, July 2 at Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard. At that meeting a contingency plan will be presented. Please read our full press release and the letter from the Minister.
MAJOR SCHOOL CHANGE: The EMSB has formally launched its first Major School Change consultation since 2012 in an effort to assist two French school boards in need of more space for their students. A number of scenarios involving possible school mergers and relocations in the East End have been proposed by the EMSB Long Range Planning Committee. These will now go out for consultation. Schools identified will be asked to present briefs in December, with hearings scheduled for January 2020 followed by a special board meeting to vote on the proposals with any changes to take effect on July 1, 2020. A second Major School Change consultation may be launched in the spring of 2020. The document will soon be posted on the EMSB website. However, in light of the Minister's decision, some adjustments may be necessary.
EMSB ADOPTS BALANCED BUDGET: On June 26 the EMSB Council of Commissioners adopted a balanced budget for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Council is pleased to highlight that, according to the budgetary rules, the EMSB has included in next year’s budget, the equivalent of 15 percent of the adjusted June 30, 2018 accumulated surplus. This will allow the board to benefit from an amount of close to $7.3 million in additional operating monies to support the educational projects in all EMSB schools and centres next year. Approximately 20 percent of this amount ($1.3 million) will be allocated directly to schools and centres to support local projects and initiatives. Another $1.7 million is invested in direct services to students and for various educational initiatives to support various programs in partnership with the schools and centres. An amount of $2 million is reserved for costs related to relocation of students and expansion of space related to the use of our school buildings.
WILLINGDON EXPANSION: There has been a lot of excitement at Willingdon Elementary School in NDG in recent months as they prepare for the introduction of the Senior Campus. It will debut on Coronation Avenue in September for students in Grades 5 and 6. Meanwhile, Westmount Park Elementary School will close for two years for renovations. Students will be relocated to facilities in Ville Emard and at the Marymount Academy International campus in NDG. Veteran broadcaster Suzanne Desautels has prepared some fantastic podcasts (short radio shows) on the moves. They make for great listening.
NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL: Ann Marie Matheson has been appointed the new Director General of the English Montreal School Board, succeeding Robert Stocker who stepped down last month and now serves as a senior advisor. Ann Marie Matheson Ms. Matheson’s connection to the EMSB dates back to the beginning of her 23 year career in education. As a member of the Student Services Department of the former Montreal Catholic School Board (MCSC), she was directly involved with programs meant to reduce absenteeism and increase student success rates in all high schools, including St. Raphael, St Pius X and Paul VI schools. For three years, from 2011 to 2014, Ms. Matheson was an EMSB commissioner for Ahuntsic. Additionally, Ms. Matheson served as the International Baccalaureate Program Coordinator at Marymount Academy International in its founding years and was on loan-of-service to the Ministry of Education and had responsibility for the École Montréalaise Program in English schools – 19
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