Cahors: The CM1 and CM2 of the Pierre Ségala school will return to class

Update on the file.

After the meeting between the mayor of Cahors, Jean-Marc Vayssouze, and the delegates of the parents of pupils this Friday (read the article here), the file of the Pierre Ségala school affected by bad weather (the roof was re-covered , CM1 and CM2 have lessons at Jean Calvet until Toussaint) was on the menu of the school council on Monday, September 19. In consultation with the teaching teams, it was decided that the children would return to the classes after the All Saints holidays after the false ceilings were taken over.

During the municipal council on September 20, three parents of students were present in the audience with “I love Segala” signs while Elsa Bougeard, opposition municipal councilor Cap à Gauche, read the letter from the Pierre collective. Segala (read below). The first magistrate replied and returned to the schedule: “There was an exceptional climatic event which affected the roof. We had to respond as quickly as possible. It was important to take stock with the services. I then met the director, the teachers, and the parents’ delegates. We had planned to do the work in 2023. They were scheduled. We have not been inactive on the roofs: Bégoux school, Sainte-Valérie social center, Polissons nursery… the only window of opportunity is summer, two months during which schools are free from all occupation. It remains to manage the transitional period. There were 3 options and during this Monday’s school council, it was decided, collectively, to return CM1 and CM2 to class, ensuring that security was maximum. A roofer will intervene and an external expertise is also planned. To meet the challenge of climate change, future work will integrate photovoltaic panels on part of the roof to ensure energy production. »

> The letter from the Pierre Ségala collective: “For 15 days now, parents of students from the Pierre Ségala school have organized themselves to obtain information, proposals and commitments following the closure of the school, due to bad weather , and the reopening under precautionary conditions. This period was for parents a time of misunderstanding, anger and worry. The significant damage, the situation experienced by the staff, the interruption of schooling then the resumption in other places for certain classes were surrounded by a lack of communication from the town hall. For the children too, this period is complicated to manage, some are still worried, others needed to express themselves during the various actions and of course, the CM1-CM2 students want to return to their school as soon as possible. Following the bad weather in 2021, a tarpaulin was affixed to the building as a precaution. The works announced in the press in the summer of 2022 have not been carried out. The state of deterioration of the buildings has been reported for 10 years, without sufficient renovation work having been undertaken on the roof or the joinery. We are wondering about the effectiveness of the precautionary measures taken in the summer of 2021 to protect our children and the supervising staff. The municipality has a constrained budget, the parents are aware of it, but anger is felt when the school in our neighborhood is neglected while other very important investments have been made in recent years. Anger and concern are felt when two events could have caused a serious accident to a student or staff. The collective organization has enabled many parents to come together to come out of this crisis in a constructive way with commitments compatible with the safety and well-being of students and staff. They challenged you on the situation in a letter sent on September 13, signed by 125 parents. Building maintenance and repairs are your responsibility. You made proposals during your meeting with the parent student representatives, studied during the exceptional school council, we hope that these arrangements will be confirmed to us this evening, pending a more precise schedule. Indeed, elected officials ask us to trust them, apart from the neglect of this school for years and the unfulfilled commitments of 2021 to date lead to a feeling of mistrust. Trust will be earned through the actions carried out and the respect of commitments. Regarding the return of CM1 and CM2 pupils, it has been proposed that they return after the false ceilings have been repaired, at the start of the All Saints holidays. We want this to be confirmed. We would also like the teams to receive logistical assistance from the town hall to help them transport equipment and belongings from the Jean Calvet school to the Pierre Ségala school. It was announced that the tarp would be secured in order to withstand the rains as well as episodes of violent winds. Can you confirm it? You have proposed to carry out the renovation of the roof in 2023. Do you confirm this timetable? The parents reiterate their request to see the carpentry changed as soon as possible. They have a weakness in safety and are a source of thermal discomfort. We also ask that an independent expert report be carried out as soon as possible to confirm that as it stands (frame, joinery, tarpaulins) the public is welcomed in safety, even in the event of an exceptional weather event. We would like the results of this expertise to be transmitted to us. The safety of childcare cannot only be assumed, in everyone’s interest, that of families, staff, but also yours. Finally, you propose a consultation to renovate the schoolyard. This is indeed important to do, but the parents are asking for a complete renovation of this school, nursery and elementary. We thank you for your attention, count on the maximum commitment of the municipality and rapid work for the pupils of the Pierre Ségala school, our children will soon have an environment conducive to a fulfilling education. »