Students and staff hope to return to the historic facilities of Westmount Park Elementary School for the start of the school year on August 31 for the 2021-2022 school year.
The 105-year-old facility at 15 Park Place has been closed for the past two academic years to complete a $ 20 million renovations and repairs project. In the meantime, the students have been based at the former St. John Bosco Elementary School in Ville Émard (Westmount Park South Campus) and Marymount Academy International in NDG (Westmount Park North Campus).
Westmount Park Elementary School has a rich history with the original structure built in 1913, an addition in 1919 and another in 1921.
The renovated facility will feature modern classrooms, including SMART interactive whiteboards, and some will be height adjustable for young students and their teachers. There will also be flexible seating options, a variety of learning spaces, dedicated music and science rooms, and the addition of an elevator and outdoor ramp to make the building more accessible to everyone.
In order to preserve part of the building’s heritage, the auditorium will be restored with all its beautiful woodwork while updating the sprinkler system and emergency exits in this space. The paint will be refreshed, the benches repaired and new heated cabinets installed. This spot has been used in a number of movies over the years.
In addition to benefiting from the English-Core program, students will also be able to benefit from energy stations that will be installed throughout the building. This will allow students to leave the classroom for a movement and / or a brain break when needed. The stations will include stationary bikes, rowers and sensory trails.
To date, work on the first three floors is almost completed. “We remain hopeful that the extensive renovations to the building will be completed in time for the 2021-2022 academic year,” said Director Marco Gagliardi.
There are two more possible scenarios at this time: students and staff return to the building for the start of classes or students and staff return, with the contractor doing the remaining work evenings and weekends.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some delays, construction work continues at a good pace. “While we all hope for the first option, we cannot rule out the second,” Gagliardi said. “If that happens, rest assured that student health and safety will remain a priority. “
Major renovations to Westmount Park include, but are not limited to, the roof, interior finishes, accessibility (elevator), mechanics (plumbing, HVAC, sprinklers), electricity (wiring, lights, telecom, fire alarm, etc.) and the exterior (additional accessibility ramp, public utility works, drainage system and waterproofing of the foundations).
The EMSB will continue to provide frequent updates.
About the English Montreal School Board
With a population of over 37,000 students in the youth and adult sectors, the English Montreal School Board (CSEM) is the largest English-speaking public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new language boards, our network includes 77 schools and centers. For more details, visit the EMSB website at www.emsb.qc.ca.