Montreal, Quebec — FACE School’s former principal Nick Primiano will be addressing FACE students and parents this Monday, followed by a Q&A session. The event will take place at the corner of Ste-Catherine and University streets at Christ Church Cathedral at 6PM.

Despite students’ and teachers’ requests, the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), which administers the school, has refused to allow the popular principal to address his former students at the school.

This fall, Primiano was suspended by the CSDM under dubious and secretive circumstances, and later resigned.

A group of FACE parents and alumni, dubbed SOS F.A.C.E., is organizing the event. Created after Primiano’s suspension, SOS F.A.C.E. has been active in monitoring CSDM practices vis-à-vis FACE, as members believe that the suspension — and Primiano’s subsequent resignation — may be part of the CSDM’s larger agenda for reforms at the bilingual arts-driven school.

In its thirty year history, FACE has had only two principals, founder Philip Baugniet and Nick Primiano. After Primiano’s resignation, former vice-principal Christine Besson was appointed as the school’s principal.

For more, see F.A.C.E. School: Principal Suspended or visit SOS F.A.C.E..

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Teachers, students, parents waiting for an announcement from the CSDM
Waiting for an announcement

Moments before the announcement
Moments before the announcement

Parents and students leave the auditorium
Parents and students leaving the auditorium.

Leaving the auditorium
Leaving the auditorium

Phillip Baugniet gathers students outside, moments after leaving the auditorium of Georges-Vanier High School
Phillip Baugniet gathers students outside — moments after the resignation is announced.

Photos by Alexandre Marine.

At last night’s special public meeting of the CSDM, F.A.C.E. School principal Nick Primiano, resigned his duties in a last-minute deal reached with the CSDM. Primiano admitted to “serious errors” with the budget of the school’s daycare.

Click on the play button below to listen to my report which aired today on CKUT’s Off The Hour:

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End of an Era at F.A.C.E.

November 1, 2006

Today, Nick Primiano resigned as Principal at F.A.C.E. School. He accepted allegations of the mismanagement of funds from the daycare program and felt it was in the best interest of the school to step down as Principal.

The decision was announced after the CSDM, the AMDES and Primiano signed an agreement. Details were not disclosed — a confidentiality clause is present.