Gatineau, December 2, 2018 – The Commission scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais (CSPO) is proud to announce that the Asticou Centre is ready to welcome students and staff from École secondaire Mont-Bleu. Representatives of the CSPO, the federal and provincial governments and École secondaire Mont-Bleu met today to formalize the opening of the school at the Asticou Centre. An open house was also organized to allow the guests, as well as students and their parents, to familiarize themselves with the site.
The CSPO and the federal government worked together to ensure that students and school staff can begin classes at Asticou Centre quickly and put an end to the double schedule at the École secondaire de l’Île. Considerable efforts were made to ensure that the Asticou Centre can provide a welcoming and appropriate school environment. The CSPO is fortunate to have the federal government among its partners, and would like to thank the federal employees who made it possible to welcome École secondaire Mont-Bleu to the Asticou Centre.
The CSPO would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support of the provincial government, and in particular the Department of Education, following the tornado and fires that struck l’École secondaire Mont-Bleu. Thanks to the department’s efforts, as of tomorrow students at École secondaire Mont-Bleu and École secondaire de l’Île will be able to resume their regular schedules in separate environments for the remainder of the school year.
Since the events of September 21, 2018, CSPO staff have worked tirelessly on finding solutions to provide students with an environment conducive to education. Significant efforts have been made to meet everyone’s needs while promoting a return to normalcy as soon as possible. The CSPO would like to acknowledge the adaptability, solidarity and patience shown by the students and staff of École secondaire Mont-Bleu and École secondaire de l’Île throughout their cohabitation, which began on October 9, 2018. It also thanks the parents of the students for their cooperation and understanding.
“The federal government provided significant support to residents during and after the storm. As the reconstruction continues, I am proud to say that by working closely with our officials, we have been able to do our part in bringing more stability to our neighbourhood.”
-Greg Fergus, MP for Hull-Aylmer
“The unwavering support of both levels of government and the hard work of CSPO staff have allowed us to offer the best possible scenario to students at École secondaire Mont-Bleu. Until a permanent solution can be found, students and staff will be able to continue their regular activities in an optimal learning environment at the Asticou Centre.”
-Mario Crevier, Chairman, Commission scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais
“As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, I am proud of the way the department’s employees have worked to enable students of École secondaire Mont-Bleu to continue their school year in a welcoming environment that is adapted to their needs.”
– Steven MacKinnon, Member of Parliament for Gatineau and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“It is gratifying to see that in times of difficulty, the people of the Outaouais region will stand together and put their shoulders to the wheel to help their neighbours in need. I am sure that the teachers and students of Mont-Bleu join me in thanking the École secondaire de l’Île from the bottom of our hearts.”
-Robert Bussière, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau, on behalf of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge.
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