A 10% increase in extracurricular activities is planned for September in Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole

From September, in Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole, a 10% increase will be applied to meals in the canteen, evening reception and leisure centers for categories B, C, D and E. (©78 news)

There was a debate at the last city council meeting. This is the increase decided by the municipal majority of 10% discount on the price of meals in the canteen, evening reception and leisure centers for categories B, C, D and E from September.

Only categories S and A are saved.

Additional costs

“This 10% is a blow! I find this decision outrageous. The extracurricular sector will not increase by 4.5% as announced at the start of the city council, but by 10%. We have made a simple calculation and take as an example a family of 4 with 2 children in primary school who eat in the canteen and are collected at 6 pm in the evening, and in the crèche on Wednesday. This increase for category B and part of category C, including Saint-Cyriens living below the poverty line, represents an additional €25 per month. And for the richest categories, that’s about €40 per month,” said Mehdi Belkacem, a member of the group’s councilor. Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole mean.

The most important people involved regret this decision taken during the holidays. “This 10% increase, without work on the fee schedules, will put middle-class families in trouble from the start of the school year. As they bear the brunt of inflation and the consequent rise in energy prices, they are held hostage by a unilateral decision. At the beginning of the school year, for a couple with two children with a monthly income of €3,700, it will be cheaper to feed the children in Versailles with a view of the castle than in Saint-Cyr with a view of the concrete.” , testifies Isabelle Lavigne, president of the association of parents of independent pupils (GPEI) in Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole.

“Appreciating the profession of animator”

“Since 2015, the City has been pursuing an HR policy that aims to promote and professionalize the profession of activity leader. As a reminder, this has resulted in the creation of 12 animation agent positions to combat precarious employment and the upgrade of the compensation scheme for directors and assistants to improve their degrees and internships, with the increase in the child rate to compensate for these increases”, develops Henri Lancelin, 3rd deputy responsible for finance.

“12-month CSDs, it’s weird when we talk about fighting precarious uncertainty,” underlines an opposition member.

Common members of the Saint-Cyr group called Fontenay-le-Fleury, who decided not to raise municipal rates. “We could get an increase shared between the taxpayer and the city, with a maximum of 2 or 3% and we would probably have voted in favour,” regrets Christophe Caproni, councilor of the Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole and Commun group.

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“Unlike other cities, we have indeed chosen to professionalize our entertainment staff and provide quality supervision, and that comes at a price, of course. We therefore do not have a public service delegation, which allows us to direct our employees directly. Like all communities, we have seen the transformations and tensions that have existed in these professions for years. The strikes that marked our country last year showed it well, the childhood staff expects a new valorization of their work, details Sonia Brau, Mayor of Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole. Given the difficulties in recruiting and retaining these workers, the city wanted to increase them in order to guarantee the stability of services to Saint-Cyriens and better reflect the entertainment staff, who are among the least valued, during the crisis. This is the reason for the increase in rates, which is a simple reflection of this increase on the people using this service. »

“We are in favor of the professionalisation of the animators, which will improve the quality of the care of the children, but this must be worked out in more detail and in consultation in order to draw up sustainable price proposals for the families”, underlines Isabelle Lavigne .

Ways to save

One of the savings opportunities common to Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole is “eco-responsible events, with less plastic, less goodies, recovery to save money,” quotes Lydie Dulongpont.

The awareness of food waste is another axis given to save. “Measures can be taken to reduce portions and not systematically give children a piece of bread during the meal. It is often thrown away,” continues Lydie Dulongpont, councilor of the Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole en Commun group.

Another track, setting up a water collector on all public buildings or even a central kitchen to pool “in the event of a short circuit at municipal or inter-municipal level. We can save money by consuming locally, with fewer middlemen and thus reducing logistics. Transport is expensive for a city, says Christophe Caproni. We could also request access to what’s called the city’s ledger where all the expenses for the year are to see exactly where we can save money and not on extracurricular expenses. »

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