The English Montreal School Board voted Wednesday night to keep St-Gabriel's Elementary School open for the foreseeable future.

The school was among four on the chopping block, as the EMSB continues to try to find ways to slash spending, tackle its deficit and address the chronic problem of declining enrolment in English schools.

The board voted to close Frederick Banting Elementary in Montreal North and McLearon Elementary in Point-aux-Trembles, on the island's eastern tip. Carlyle Elementary in the Town of Mount Royal (in midtown Montreal) will remain open.

EMSB chairman Dominic Spiridigliozzi voted in favour of closing all four schools, after reminding school commissioners that the board must shoulder a $2-million deficit.

Enrolment in English schools also continues to go down,and the EMSB could lose another 2,700 students in the coming years, which may render future closures inevitable, Spiridigliozzi told board members.

But at least one board member urged the EMSB to take a proactive approach to declining enrolment.

Commissioner Mario Caggiano called on the EMSB to formally challenge Quebec's contentious Bill 101, which restricts access to English schools.