Thursday, October 28

Allancroft of Beaconsfield, the last Pearson board school transferred to the French sector

Not all school board adult education. Programs will be relocated to the vacant St. Thomas Middle School building in Pointe-Claire.

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The Lester B. Pearson School Board has approved the transfer of the Allancroft school building in Beaconsfield to the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Center for Services.

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Allancroft was originally an elementary school, but it merged with Windermere School in Beaconsfield in 2006 due to declining enrollment. Later, the school board repurposed Allancroft for adult education.

Carol Heffernan, Lester B. Pearson’s deputy CEO, said the school board is still in the process of changing some of its adult education. programs.

“We transferred Riverdale two years ago, but we kept our adult vocational center in that building, the Sources Adult Career Center. We are slowly removing it. Some of the programs moved to Lachine and our Pearson Electrotechnology Center last year. And the rest of us plan to move into the old St. Thomas building. We hope to give you the rest of that building by the end of June. “

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Heffernan said not all adult education from the school board. Programs will relocate to the St. Thomas High School building on Ambassador St. in Pointe-Claire.

“Place Cartier on Beaconsfield Blvd., at this point, is staying with us. We will continue to have programs running outside of that building. Because we are vacating the Riverdale building and all of Allancroft, we will be filling the entire old St. Thomas building with adult vocational education. “

The school board noted that the relocation of the Allancroft annex building and “vacating the space currently occupied by the Sources Career and Adult Center and the CFER to the Center de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys is conditional on an agreement with the Ministry of Education to reimburse the Lester B. Pearson School Board for the moving costs associated with the release of these spaces and a capital grant. “

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She said local high schools have had steady enrollment since the Riverdale and Lindsay Place closures.

“PC (Pierrefonds Community High School) is doing pretty well right now. They have about 950 students.

“Closing Lindsay has made our other schools more viable. That’s good news. I don’t see us doing anything with secondary schools for at least five years and we will have to see what happens after that and where the population is and how many people are eligible to go to our schools. “

She said the new St. Thomas has 1,350 students. About 250 of those students were detained from Lindsay Place.

He said Macdonald High School in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is “overflowing” with 981 students, many of them transported by buses from off-island communities.

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We could probably build another high school off the island, but that would empty Mac. It’s not a big school so they are at full capacity. They don’t have an auditorium. “

Beaconsfield High has 860 children. “That’s a good number,” Heffernan said. “They are about 175 per grade level. That is very viable. “

But Heffernan also noted that school enrollment has been negatively affected by the pandemic.

“What is difficult for us right now is that with COVID we had about 400 students who decided to stay home and study at home last year. Our figures fell between 500 and 600 last year, so it is not indicative of what it should have been. Most of them have returned, but we still have 200 to go. “

With kindergarten classes now open to four-year-olds, the school board should add more students.

“We have about 430 enrolled this year,” Heffernan said. “And that was not in the original demographic information from the Ministry because it was not offered at that time.”

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