Lot: “Do we have to wait for a drama?”, at the Pierre Ségala school, the work is long overdue

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Since the storm that brought down the ceiling of the Pierre Ségala school in Cahors, parents have been brooding. This Thursday, they gathered in front of the establishment to demand that the municipality start work. The safety of children in the classroom is at stake.

“Do we have to wait for a tragedy?”, gets carried away by a father whose children are educated at the Pierre Ségala school, in the Bellevue district of Cahors. With the last storm in early September, the ceiling of the establishment collapsed while the children were not in school. This Thursday, the parents of students gathered in front of the school, brandishing different signs: “I love Ségala”, “the town hall tinkers, the roof flies away”, or “15 months covered, two collapses”.

A banner displayed in front of the school.
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“Phew, there were no children”

Already in 2021, the ceiling had collapsed following infiltrations. Rebelote this year. “We’ve already said twice, phew, there were no children,” reproaches a mother. All the parents of students are exhausted: “the tarpaulins have been there for so long that it seems normal. This must stop”, slips one of them. Another continues: “every start of the school year, we are told that the work will be done next summer”. The town hall has scheduled the repair of the roof for the summer of 2023. A deadline that now seems obsolete. The parents of students demand that the roof be completely redone, and without delay. The safety of their children in the classroom is at stake. “Storms do not arrive only at 6.30 p.m. or only on weekends”, is hissed in the assembly.

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But some don’t believe it anymore. “I would be reassured if they showed us signed quotes so that we were sure that something was going on,” said one of them. “I would prefer that we take care of the safety of our children rather than the roundabouts”, he continues, thinking of the work that has been carried out for the Tour de France, sometimes at night.

The parents of students had already been warning for several months about the situation at the school.

The parents of students had already been warning for several months about the situation at the school.
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The parents of pupils also require the realization of an expertise: they want to make sure that the building is able to accommodate their children, in complete safety.

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A meeting with the town hall on Friday

At the beginning of the week, a petition had circulated near Pierre Ségala. 125 parents have signed it. In it, they invite the DASEN, Xavier Papillon, to take part in the school council which will take place on Monday.

Despite this feeling of anger, the parents of students are open to dialogue, and seek more communication between them and the town hall. Moreover, this Friday, a meeting between the elected parent delegates and the municipality will take place for a time of exchange on the situation of the school group and the conditions of reception of their children. It is also an opportunity to “get the message across to other schools in the city, what happens here can very well happen elsewhere”.

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Lot: “Do we have to wait for a drama?”, at the Pierre Ségala school, the work is long overdue