With school transfers looming, EMSB to propose other school closures, mergers


Another deadline apears to be looming for the EMSB to avoid the transfer of three of its schools to the overcrowded French-language board Commission Scolaire Pointe-de-l'île (CSPI) as the education minister may be ready to issue his decree for the transfers tomorrow if no deal is reached between the two boards.

A spokesman for Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge told CJAD 800 that so far they've received no agreement from the two boards so the school transfer process continues with the matter expected to go before Wednesday's cabinet meeting.

Meantime, the EMSB has scheduled a meeting Wednesday night to propose other measures to help ease overcrowding in the french board.

"We would identify schools that could be merged, closed, (or) transferred and that would be a process that would go right through the month of January 2020," said EMSB spokesman Michael Cohen in an interview with CJAD 800.

January is when a final decision would be made.

"If the minister goes through with the decree and decides to take the schools, well, I don't know what the council will decide to do at that point," said Cohen.

The EMSB had made a last minute proposal last week offering co-habitation at five of its schools and centres and then hold on to Gerald McShane, General Vanier and John Paul 1 schools for another year.

"It's in the hands of the ministry and the CSPI - we did this in good faith," said Cohen.

With no agreement in sight, the education minister's press attache said it's down to the wire for the boards to reach a deal.