It has been three years since the work to bring the Joseph-Lacour school group in Pont-de-Dore up to standard, energy-efficient and restructured, which welcomes 125 pupils in elementary school and 66 in kindergarten, began, all without ever closing the school.

This turns out to be a feat for the municipality, which had to manage this school puzzle but also the health crisis that arose in the middle, disrupting businesses in addition to problems with the supply of materials. Despite all these hassles, the mayor of the town, Florent Moneyron, with his assistant Nicole Boucherat, and the architect Yvan Trait from Thiers, are satisfied with this restructuring as a whole. This should greatly improve the quality of reception of children and the working conditions of the educational teams.

Wednesday morning, as usual, a site meeting took place with the companies involved and more particularly in the second phase of work which has concerned the nursery school for a few months. The children, for their part, have temporarily found classrooms on the side of the primary schools, the work of which has been completed. New furniture and digital boards now equip the entire establishment.

Children will be able to admire the comings and goings of the many swallows

The kindergarten about 500 m 2 which is currently being finished and awaiting new floors, will include: a large motor skills room, on the rue des Torrents entrance side, with an accessibility ramp, three classrooms, changing rooms and toilets, a management office, a nap room and a small service kitchenette, with, of course, like in elementary school, insulating doors and windows, new insulation, radian water heating, new paint on the floors, walls and ceilings completely redone.

Thus in a few months, the elementary school will be able to regain its tranquility, when the courses will be completely redone, equipped with games and green spaces. Children will easily be able to admire the comings and goings of the many swallows that come to settle under the edges of the roofs in the summer.

They won’t be bothered by the masonry company that will be doing the new plaster until they leave next fall for warmer countries. This municipal decision was taken in agreement with the Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park.


Figures. The cost of all the work amounts to 2 million euros with 50% subsidies from the State, the Region and the Department. The municipality puts its hand in its pocket without borrowing for the remaining million.

Peschadoires – The work of the school almost finished