Back to school
By Alex Watkins and Dave Jones THE NEW school year started with hope, normality and protests on the south Costa Blanca.
In Torrevieja the number of pupils is up on last year, with more than 6,300 in primary education and 5,600 in secondary.
Councillor for education José Hurtado noted that for the first time this year the municipality has two public educational units for two year olds, with 18 places available in each of the primary schools Nuestra Señora del Rosario and CEIP Habaneras. He noted that both facilities have waiting lists.
Sr Hurtado explained that they are still working on 186 late applications submitted for places in Torrevieja schools, a similar figure to last year.
He said average class sizes currently stand at 27 pupils, with the coalition council aiming to reduce this to 25.
The councillor added that despite the administrative delays, they are ‘starting to pay’ the first instalment of Xarxa Llibres textbook grant scheme. VISITS to Yecla’s wine route have increased 20% in the last year.
A total of four wineries, an olive mill, four lodgings and 24 small business related to the gastronomy are members of the wine route association.
Regional councillor for tourism Noelia Arroyo said the route provides ‘an alternative source of tourism for the area which is not linked with the
Green light for new school Work to construct a new primary and infant school in Guardamar del Segura could begin before the end of this year, according to mayor José Luis Sáez.
This will replace the current Dama de Guardamar school which is entirely made up of prefabricated classrooms.
The council has approved a change to the classification of a plot of land in sector SUP-7, near the mouth of the River Segura, so that it is specifically designated for educational use.
This was one of the final requirements of the regional education department for the go-ahead, as the project is already drawn up and only the geo-technical study is pending, explained the mayor.
Education councillor Pilar Gay indicated that if everything goes to schedule then the new school will open for the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. It will be built on a 15,265square-metre plot on Avenida del Puerto. Project specifications include a capacity of up summer high season'.
Yecla is one of the three wine producing areas with its own quality seal in Murcia region, along with Bullas and Jumilla. Sra Arroyo noted that wine and gastronomy tourists spend on average €85 a day, which includes accommodation, activities, visits to wineries and restaurants – almost double the traditional beach and sun tourists. to 450 pupils in 12 primary education classes and six infant classes. The two-storey main building will have an assembly hall, a kitchen-canteen, a reception, library, laboratory and music room, amongst others.
Back to school battle Pupils in the third year at Antonio Sequeros primary school in Benejúzar did not start their classes on Monday, when their parents staged a protest against the decision to cut a teacher’s place.
There are 60 children in the year and the number of classes has been cut from three to two.
The parents argued that all By Dave Jones
A TOTAL of €100,000 has been set aside to reform Torrevieja’s historic salt dock – the Eras de la Sal (pictured) – but the coalition council wants to guarantee that the ‘essence’ of the area is not changed.
Mayor José Manuel Dolón noted that cash has been made available in this year’s budget for the project.
He reminded that two different the children at the school aged 7-9 ‘will not get the individual attention they need and so will have problems adapting’.
They said the school does not meet the minimum space requirements for this many pupils and the situation will prevent the introduction of new forms of teaching, which will affect the quality of their education. The parents threatened to keep their children out of school indefinitely if they do not receive an official response from the education department.
According to Compromís party spokesman, Federico Zaragoza, the regional education plans exist from previous council administrations for the site – and the coalition wants to use the best points from both.
Sr Dolón explained that a technical commission will be set up including historians, university professors, an architect and an engineer, with the mayor and councillor Domingo Soler providing the political input. They will decide on how the project move s forward. department said at first there had been two first-year classes and three third-year classes, but after two extra children joined the first year the school swapped this around.
“The request for a new teacher was not received until September 5, and it was the school management’s decision to restructure the classes and number of teachers,” he said. “The delay in receiving this information resulted in this problem. The education department will set up the class and teacher required to guarantee that the school’s children have optimum conditions for learning.”
The most important points include the plan to open the sea and salt museum at the entrance to the compound, as well as improving the auditorium area and the vantage point which reaches out into the harbour, he noted.
“We want to recover this site, with all the guarantees in place,” Sr Dolón stated at a press conference this week.
A classroom in Torrevieja
Crushing grapes in Yecla