Crowded Edinburgh Elementary School rejects idea of sending students to an annex
Montreal West school community wants modular classrooms, ultimately a permanent extension
Edinburgh Elementary School has decided to reject the idea of an annex at another location and instead, is asking for modular classrooms and an extension.
The Montreal West school is over capacity with about 400 students despite only having room for 330.
The English Montreal School Board offered an annex at the former St. Ignatius facility on Coronation Street in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
However, in the interest of keeping the school community together, the administration is declining the offer and asking that five modular classrooms be added to the school as a short term solution.
But ultimately, the school would like a permanent extension.
"The strong majority of the parents, over 82 percent, preferred the modular classroom option over status quo and the junior campus idea," said the chair of the school's governing board, Michael Rodger.
He said the overcrowding has been going on for years and hopes an extension can be ready by the next school year.
EMSB spokesperson Mike Cohen said the plan is still "in a period of consultation."
"What they're doing is exactly what we asked them to do," he said.