Following the blocking of the primary school of Cul de Sac on Friday 22 May 2015, the Community of Saint Martin received the parents of pupils, this Tuesday 26 May 2015, in the morning, school.
This two-and-a-half-hour public meeting was held in the presence of Mrs. Daniella DOLIUM, Inspector of the riding, the Director of the institution, Mrs. Annick PETRUS FERGA, Mr. Louis FLEMING, Educational Advisor for the constituency , And of all persons wishing to participate.
Mrs Nadine PAINES, territorial adviser in charge of the schools of Cul de Sac and Grand Case, Mrs Dominique AUBERT, territorial adviser, Mrs Maud ASCENT-GIBS, territorial adviser, Mr Thierry GOMBS, DGA of the Human Development department, Mr Médhi BOUCARD Mrs. Christine BOSQUI, Head of Department and Mr Vernon ROPER, DHR of the Community, represented the institution and answered the numerous questions of the parents on the question of the school map.
As a prelude to the exchanges, Mr. Médhi BOUCARD recalled the registration area of the Cul de Sac primary school. Thus, the school map for this sector provides that children residing in the districts of Anse-Marcel, Mont Vernon I, Chevrise, Grandes-Cayes and Cul de Sac are assigned to this school.
The registration procedures are identical to those applied in France and the exemptions granted are examined on a case-by-case basis, all within the limits of available places. Since the Community can not meet all the requests for the medium and the small section, because of the limited size of the rooms, selection is made according to the month of birth of the child; The children not retained being assigned second choice in Grand Case.
Constantly respecting the values of the Republic, and taking into consideration the difficulties encountered by certain parents, the Collectivité de Saint-Martin undertook to reflect on the school map in order to respond best Their expectations.
The issue of extracurricular reception, before and after the courses, was also addressed by some parents, anxious to see their child (ren) taken care of in the interclasses. One point on which the Community has confirmed a two-hour extra-curricular welcome in the afternoon, provided by associations paid by the Community. Similar arrangements could be put in place in the morning, always in partnership with the associations.
As for the dispute between parents and the head of the school, the President of the Collective condemns all the xenophobic statements or postures that might have been made against either of them, and calls for Appease all parties.
«Living together is a fundamental principle of our society, the school of the republic must be a place of exchange and enrichment for our youth. Also, it is unacceptable to oppose communities, even more so in a multicultural territory where diversity is a real wealth.»
The President of the Territorial Council