01/09/2012 01:19 EST | Updated 03/10/2012 05:12 EST

EMSB recommends closing half as many schools as planned

The English Montreal School Board is backing down from an original plan to close and relocate schools. It released recommendations on Monday that would spare three schools from an original closure proposal. And several other schools will not be moved.

The EMSB planned to close six schools and relocate several others because of declining enrolment which has dropped by 20 per cent in the last decade.

But the plan was met with fierce opposition from parents and city councilors.

Chairman Angela Mancini and director general Robert Stocker spoke to the media Monday.

They said the EMSB's Long Range Planning Committee made the recommendations after a series of public hearings held in December.

The committee has now recommended that St. John Bosco School, St. Brendan School and Fraser Academy close and the students relocate.

It said Nesbitt School, St. Gabriel and James Lyng High School, each originally slated for closure, should remain open.

The committee also recommended that Royal Vale School and Vincent Massey Collegiate not be relocated.

The final decision on the fate of the schools will be decided Wednesday, when the EMSB Council of Commissioners votes at 6:30 p.m. in a special meeting at Rosemount High School.