Unanimous hats off to the Brossac school

lhe inauguration of a school in the countryside is an event. Usually in the south of the Charente, the trend is towards closure. However, the new Brossac school group, supported by the 4B community of municipalities, represents an investment of 2.35 million euros. What is not nothing in this area.

This Saturday morning, March 17, the mayors, various departmental advisors, a regional advisor, the teachers, the academic inspector…

lhe inauguration of a school in the countryside is an event. Usually in the south of the Charente, the trend is towards closure. However, the new Brossac school group, supported by the 4B community of municipalities, represents an investment of 2.35 million euros. What is not nothing in this area.

This Saturday morning, March 17, the mayors, several department advisers, a regional adviser, the teachers, the district academic inspector came to participate in the inaugural celebration. They were able to visit this group of schools, consisting of two primary schools and kindergartens (each with their playground) and set up the refectory in a new building between the two. Louis Albagnac, the architect in charge, described in detail the limitations and challenge of this project “because several criteria had to be met, in particular energy consumption and a very low carbon footprint”, be the architect. This allowed this project to be labeled by the Region as a “building of the future”, providing additional support (1).

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The challenge was all the more delicate as the project had to make some pretty new ones out of very ugly old ones. In what used to be (between 1958 and 1961) the GOD (a kind of high school). “A solid construction but a thermal sieve”, according to the architect. The building is insulated from the outside, inside each classroom has installed a double flow ventilation system that constantly refreshes the air. The paintings have been redone, the ceilings have been lowered so that the passage makes less noise. And for the sake of economy, we have kept certain elements of the past, such as the stairs or the tiles.

Autonomous in electrical energy

In the same vein, the adjacent former Honoré-de-Balzac school, where the primary schools were located, was completely renovated to accommodate two kindergartens, a dormitory and adapted toilets. And between these two buildings now stands a state-of-the-art, highly soundproofed refectory. With a special feature on the roof, it is made of a PVC fabric stretched over a wooden structure. Another originality, the refectory is equipped with a screen that displays the consumption produced on site, the savings made… A new educational tool.

Finally, this school group was connected to the municipal wood boiler room and 200 m² of photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof, allowing the school group to be self-sufficient in electricity.

This new school has a certain allure and Jacques Chabot, president of the CDC, was very proud to present “an emblematic piece of equipment for our territory”. But the peak of that lasted quite a while. “ To achieve this, the mayors of Oriolles and Passirac had to accept that their school had to close so that all the children in Brossac could be grouped together.” And especially for the president, this project is consistent with the territorial project “Committed to the development of renewable energy sources and then it proves that in rural areas we are able to deliver great performance and work together”.

A project that warmed the heart of Mayor Didier Maudet, who sometimes feared that this project was not a priority. The sub-prefect, Sébastien Lepetit also sent a tip of the hat “towards a modern public service designed in a global project”. The teachers are delighted. “We have a great tool and everything you need to work and learn, testifies Frédéric Bonmort, the teacher of the large children’s department. On Saturday, only children and parents were missing. But an open day is organized for them, probably during All Saints’ Day.

(1) Total costs (works and equipment): €2.35 million. State grants: € 1.4 million. Region: €154,000 (for energy savings), Department: €14,000. Europe €25,708 and the town of Saint-Vallier: €60,000.

A project since 2012

2012: school proficiency in the 4B’s.
2014: feasibility study.
Sep 2018: closure of the Oriolles school.
June 2019: validation of the project in the city council
2020: start of road works.
Sep 2021: closure of the Passirac school and return to primary school in the new building.
February 2022: back to kindergarten

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