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Despite all the protests: 110 parents should be forced to look for another school
Staden After two weeks of radio silence, the city council Monday night the rumors around the impending closure of the community school in the West-Flemish Staden confirmed. The school, which is now a hundred pre-schoolers and primary school children counts, will close in June. 110 parents should be looking for another school. At the same time it was announced that the public school in the Bruggestraat has plans for a new building.

All two weeks does the rumor in Staden that the community school would close. This is remarkable, because over the past few years, a lot of money pumped into the development of the school. Whilst the number of students underperforming. “The outflow is much greater than the inflow of students. This year, there is in the kleuterafdeling have a limited - intake, but that remains smaller than the outflow. A second reason is that the planned large allotment of land in the vicinity in terms of timing-shifted. Also there are the coming years so no new students to find. A third reason is that the building infrastructure is no longer sufficient to meet modern needs. Finally, it is still the case that, at present, three educational networks are in Staden”, sounds.

“So we are going to talk with the various educational systems in our territory, with a view to the realization of a new educational site,” said mayor Francesco Vanderjeugd (Open Vld). “We felt on that plane a partner in vzw Staho (which is now free education offers in the Bruggestraat, eds.). Staho affects currently all the preparations for a new school building. The subsidiedossier is now formatted, and by september 2022 would make the new school a reality. On the other hand remain, of course, we also focus on the strengthening of the community school in Westrozebeke.”


Both political parties, the pta, the school community if the press got Monday night heard the news. While the meetings going on, there was a lot of fun to be had on the playground of the local school, where the pta, everyone was invited for a demonstration. Some of the hundreds of parents, supporters and staff expressed their support by their presence. Wouter Van Vooren of the Parents ' council reacts disappointed when he the town hall back outside to get. “Our fear has become reality. This is a very big loss for Staden. In our opinion remains one other possible solution. We want to continue to constructively contribute ideas, but the trust is completely lost.”

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