Dilapidated schools: more than a hundred Estrie schools in poor condition

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The Saint-Eugène pavilion in Granby is one of the places considered dilapidated, with a rating of E.

More than a hundred schools in the Eastern Townships are among the schools of the province that are rated D or E, which means that they have a high or very high level of degradation and defect, according to data obtained by Radio-Canada as part of a request for x27;access to information.

In the region, the Center de services scolaire (CSS) des Hauts-Cantons has the highest proportion of dilapidated schools, with 32% of its establishments having obtained a D or E rating. The Eastern Townships School Board (21%), the CSS du Val-des-Cerfs (17%), the CSS des Sommets (14%) and the CSS de la Région-de-Sherbrooke (12%) follow. However, these indices of dilapidation are below the provincial statistics, which stand at 53%.

Major investments are needed in some cases, particularly in secondary schools. The amounts needed to maintain the assets thus amount to nearly $19 million at the Montignac high school in Lac-Mégantic, nearly $17 million at the Massey-Vanier school in Cowansville, and more than $15 million to Polyvalente Louis-Saint-Laurent in East Angus.

By “asset maintenance”, the Department of Education means maintaining the physical condition of an infrastructure in at least satisfactory condition to ensure the health and safety of persons.

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Saint-Jean School in Granby receives D rating.

No spokesperson for the school service centers was available to comment on this data on Wednesday due to the summer season. The Estrie Education Union believes that a vast project is needed.

“We can't afford not to invest money in education. Right now, we've let our system go for too many years. We have to take over the situation and make sure to put the money in to maintain our schools well, so that our children have adequate classes. »

—  Richard Bergevin, president of the Syndicat de l'enseignement de l'Estrie

One ​​can think of lead in the water currently that x27; we have a problem in several schools. We also obviously have COVID which has highlighted the ventilation and air quality problems in our schools, but it is a problem that already existed, that still exists, and that it is will have to settle fairly quickly, insists the president of the Syndicate Richard Bergevin.

In writing, Sherbrooke MNA Christine Labrie also reacted to the news.

For decades, successive governments have been neglecting school maintenance […] With Québec solidaire in government, renovating our schools will be a national priority, because each of our schools must be a healthy living environment, she stressed.

With information from Guylaine Charette

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