The school year is drawing to a close, but the situation remains the same at Jules-Ferry School, 53, Rui Commandant-Paul-Pierre-Clark, in the district of Montgomery, Nevers. Parental representative Marie-Lou Krieger, who has one child in kindergarten, lamented the state of the establishment: “The school is literally drying up. For three years, we have been condemning this in the class council and town hall. But the answers are just good words to reassure us.
According to Ingrid Tessier, the mother of an elementary school child, “national education and town halls pass the money”. Sabrina Militik, a representative of the parents of the students (nursery school) also wrote a letter to the mayor of Nevers in May 2020, in the middle of the Covid-19, expressing concern about the proper implementation of the kindergarten student reception protocol.
“We made a list of our own,” they explained. “Windows doesn’t open, or open enough. Complaints are crushed. The ceiling is leaking or even breaking. There are no emergency transfers outside of some classes and elementary, no sanitary at the top, ”assurance, list in hand, Marie-Lou Krieger.
“There are carpets on the walls, which can cause asthma in children. Heat problem occurs again and again in winter, students keep coats in class! On the contrary, it is very hot in the summer, “added Sabrina Militic. These mothers are terrified: “We are surprised that they want to preserve this school, when we see the secrecy of the school.” “It’s a shame we have a top teaching team. Some of them condemn these conditions in the council, but they have the right to be protected … everyone suffers “, they observe.
“We care about this school.”
Gilbert Manin, a volunteer with the DDEN Association (Departmental Representative for National Education), has been with the Jules-Ferry School since 2020. “It’s a potential school in the vicinity, there is a gymnasium on site, children can go to the swimming pool on foot,” he insisted.
He also lamented the lack of human resources: “We want to welcome two and a half year old children. We are calling for more empowerment, because the school welcomes a certain number of allophone children, but it is not classified … ”he recalls. Everyone reassured him: “A recovery project was presented in 2021, but we haven’t had a response or schedule since.” These parents want to be more involved: “We are interested in this school.”
“A big project” led by the municipality
Iris Gallois, deputy mayor, is in charge of education. Archival photo Christophe Mason.
The restoration of Jules-Ferry School was among the promises made by Dennis Thuriot during his 2020 campaign. More than two years later, his teaching assistant, Iris Gallois, assured him: “We have the project in mind.” It is in the stage of budget study: “Several estimates are being worked out”. On September 28, 2021, a relocated municipal office, “in the presence of the director of the nursery school” services, took place with elected officials.
Iris Gallois called for patience: “This is a big project”, which will be implemented “ideally before the end of the mandate”, he replied. Instead of choosing temporary solutions, for example, in the window, “everything can be done again, including a lasting solution, a source of energy savings,” he believes. A revision of the sectarianism is planned with the Albert-Camus School, subject to regular maintenance work. The Jules-Ferry school will thus “become a smaller school, one that is more in tune with reality,” the deputy mayor explained.
This is the number of children admitted to Jules-Ferry Kindergarten, divided into four classes. For the start of the school year in September, 94 students have registered.
This is the number of elementary children in Jules-Ferry School (8th grade). According to DSDEN, Directorate of Departmental Services of National Education of Nivar, 176 students have been registered for the next school year.