NEWS RELEASE: The CEPEO inaugurates the new wing of École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean

OTTAWA, October 21, 2013 – This morning, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) and École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean held the official inauguration for the major expansion project at École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean. The new, two-floor wing adds 14 classrooms to the school.


“We are extremely proud, not just of the new wing that we are inaugurating today, but especially of the growth of École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean so it can better meet the growing needs of the community,” said CEPEO Chair Gilles Fournier.


“With high-quality programs like the International Baccalaureate and the ISO 14000 environmental program, as well as exemplary academic results, this school stands out as an exceptional choice for families in the Barrhaven area,” added Édith Dumont, Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the CEPEO.


Since opening its doors in 2006, Barrhaven’s École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean has grown from 151 to 558 students. This is an increase of 269.5% over six years – the fastest growth in enrolment of all CEPEO schools. As well, the student population of the CEPEO as a whole continues to grow quickly, climbing nearly 3.5% since last year.


“We are very happy with the results of the expansion project. The teachers, staff members and students now have access to more space, and facilities that are on the cutting edge of technology,” said school Principal Martine Charbonneau.



Écoles de choix, Conseil de choix. A leader in education and environmental management, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) is the only school board in North America to offer the ISO 14000 program for students, a program recognized worldwide by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The CEPEO is also currently integrating the ISO 14001 standard into its practices; this standard sets out requirements for an environmental management system. The CEPEO serves close to 13,800 students and includes 38 French-language elementary and secondary schools across Eastern Ontario.




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