3 schools get $3.5m to use prefab homes as classrooms

The Quebec government will be spending $3.5 million to give home schooling a whole new meaning.

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge announced the money will be going to the Marguerite-Bourgeoys and Laval school boards so they could move forward with a plan to purchase pre-fabricated houses to use as classrooms.

In Montreal the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board will receive just over $1,700,000 to purchase six two-storey homes and connect them to École secondaire Mont-Royal in Mont-Royal. 

In Laval, the Laval School Board will use $1,800,000 to install 10 classrooms at two schools, four at St. Paul's Elementary with six others in the Chomedey area during the construction of two new elementary schools.

"The classrooms are an innovative solution to address, in the short term, the lack of space some schools boards are experiencing and to allow our schools to accommodate all students in their area," Roberge said. 

The modified cottage style homes were a big hit with staff and students during a pilot project at Avenir Elementary School. 

Once the schools have no need for the homes they can be picked up and moved to another area in need.