EMSB enrolment dips to historic low
The EMSB will see its enrolment drop to under 20,000 for the first time in its history.
This year they have 19,800 students in their elementary and high schools, compared to 25,000 when the board was established in 1998, and at its highest level of 27,000 students a few years after that.
The EMSB says it's seen a slow and steady decline, citing demographics but also blaming language laws restricting enrolment in English schools .
EMSB spokesman Michael Cohen said since they are compensated for each student enrolled, this will have an impact.
"When we have a drop in enrolment, we have a drop in revenue and we have less money to spend on the essentials of education," Cohen said.
Cohen said they'll get a little funding help from their adult education sector which has seen stable and rising numbers.
Cohen added there is a bright outlook, with forecasts suggesting enrolment will increase in the next five to ten years, as they look to changing demographics and count on city efforts to bring more families onto the island.