A contentious plan to split Westmount Park Elementary School students up during a two-year renovation blitz is officially moving forward.
The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) announced at a special meeting on Wednesday that students will be temporarily transferred to two different buildings for the duration of the project.
Students will be relocated to Marymount Academy in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and the former St. John Bosco Elementary School in Ville Émard for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
Both locations will house kindergarten to Grade 6 students in order not to split up siblings, according to the school board.
The $12.5-million overhaul of the elementary school, which was built in 1913, will fix major structural issues.
The plan has been met with both praise and concern from parents at school board meetings. Some said they were worried about where their kids will be transferred and separated from their friends.
At a consultation meeting last week, parents of Marymount students also voiced concerns over taking in hundreds of Westmount Park students.
WATCH: Westmount Park Elementary School students will have to move out of their school for two years
New French immersion school delayed
After announcing last October it would open a new French immersion school in NDG in September 2019, the school board says those plans have now been pushed back.
The elementary school was slated to open at 4850 Coronation Ave. — but now that building could instead house students from three other EMSB schools that are currently overcrowded.
The EMSB says it is considering its options and that it will consult with the schools and their committees.
A decision is expected to be made by the school board’s council of commissioners on Feb. 20.
— With files from Global’s Elysia Bryan Baynes