The two schools Michelet and Vauquelin du Pollet will only do one at the start of the school year in September 2022. They will be grouped in Vauquelin.
It is quite part of the history of the Pollet district of Dieppe which will change towards the beginning of the school year in September 2022 with the closure of the Jules-Michelet primary school at the foot of the Avenue de la République. It will merge with the Louis-Vauquelin kindergarten a few hundred meters away, not far from the Notre-Dame des Grèves church. This is the decision that will be discussed at the next Dieppe City Council scheduled for Thursday, December 16, starting at 6 p.m.
Not enrolled in the priority education network
Nicolas Langlois (PCF), Mayor of Dieppe, explained this decision. “I remind you that these two schools are wrongly denied Education Network Status Plus (REP+) priority while these two schools meet all the required criteria. We have held demonstrations, with the support of students’ parents, warned about this state of affairs and this injustice by all means possible, and we waited for the promises of a school card change and nothing came. As a result, educational, administrative and city personnel have no recognition. We are seeing a decline in the workforce. †
The more adapted Vauquelin school
As a direct result, the Michelet school lost one of its three classes at the start of the school year in September 2021. To date, there are only two classes in Michelet with 51 students and two classes in Vauquelin with 34 school children. “We have chosen to bring everyone together in Vauquelin rather than Michelet as the property is better suited for the little ones. In kindergarten there are fewer classes on the floors. To date, the Vauquelin School has four classrooms. We are already planning developments with the construction of a playground for the coming school year, the installation of toilets for primary school children and a refurbishment of the playground because until now the games are suitable for mothers. †
Reflection on Michelet’s future
As for Michelet’s future, the town hall gives some details. “We are going to dwell on the school that belongs to the city of Dieppe. Work has been carried out in the past and the building is in good condition. We will not do luxury accommodations. We are in a more global reflection on this school that is part of the memory of the Polletais. It is a very important place for this district. We work together with social centers such as Oxygène en l’Archipel, the department of sports and culture. This place will not become a deserted place. †
Work with parents of students
The mayor of Dieppe adds. “The Pollet district deserves a good school like all the inhabitants of Dieppe. We have worked with parents of students who may think their primary school enrollment children are going back to preschool. We have intervened with the parent councils to find the best solution and we will continue to fight to classify this new school as REP+ as it should be. †
Leaving Michelet School, a mother of students explains to us that she is in charge of the project. “It will be closer and will make it easier for siblings who attend kindergarten and primary school to travel. There won’t be any more triple tiers like there is this year, it’s a big step forward. In Monday evening’s parent council, we generally agreed with this merger,” she points out.