Safer and more innovative schools: from Pnrr 9.5 million to Erbusco and Brescia

Nine and a half million to build two “more sustainable, safe and inclusive” school complexes. Funds from the National Recovery and Resistance Plan (Pnrr) of call for innovative schools which is to accrue to the Municipalities’ coffers Erbusco (6.35 million) and Brescia (3.15 million). The first will change the middle school, the second will Valdadige primary school in via Ambaraga in Mompiano. In either case, the renovation of the existing buildings would have cost more than the reconstruction from scratch.

The Ministry of Education yesterday published the ranking of the call published on December 2, 2021 and closed on February 8 for renovation of the buildings. A total of 1.189 billion to finance projects in 216 local authorities, including municipalities, provinces, cities. Fifteen Lombard projects evaluated, which will have the contributions, seven not funded. Among the latter, the intervention is proposed by Rudiano at the primary school, for which the Municipality had asked for 930 thousand euros. On the other hand, the requests of Erbusco and Brescia were fully complied with.

Erbusco Middle School

“Before I look forward, I’m waiting for official communication with a lot of stamp,” admits Erbusco Mayor Ilario Cavalleri, who embraces caution. “Of course it would be an extraordinary gift, but until I see it, I’m not worried.” More than his country, in Lombardy, were the municipalities of Milan (10 million), Bovisio Masciago and Fino Mornasco (9.2), Parabiago (7.7), Bergamo (6.4). In the regional ranking, the project from the country of Franciacorta was placed in second place after Milan. The 6.35 million will be used to remodel the middle school, which was built half a century ago.

The middle school to be demolished in Erbusco – Photo © www.giornaledibrescia.it

“We have the final design down,” says the mayor. “A renovation of the existing building would have cost too much”. The municipality had launched an international idea competition that gathered about 40 proposals. Finally, the project was rewarded by the Roman architect Giuseppina Belladonna, who involves the construction of four independent blocks around a central gallery. The latter must be intended for free activities and will be linked to the nearby primary schools. The mayor counted on PNRR’s funds to fund the intervention in via Donatori di sanguine. Yesterday the news.

The bureaucratic procedure is not complete (the ministry’s website specifies that “the effectiveness of the ranking is subject to the ongoing registration of the relative decrees of the supervisory bodies”), but there should be no surprises. “If the loan is confirmed – Cavalry closes – I hope it comes quickly to start work as soon as possible”.

Primary Valdadige in Brescia

The lodge asked for and received 3.15 million. Teaching Councilor Fabio Capra is pleased. “This is good news, another tender being added to those already won by the municipality of Brescia, to multiply the investment”. The school in question is the primary Valdadige, part of Aricis in via Ambaraga in Mompiano. The current building – built in 1971 – does not comply with anti-Semitic rules. It will be torn down and rebuilt. “We have a feasibility project, now we will immediately make the final one. During the work we will have to move the children somewhere else”. A problem that needs to be solved.

Capra also raises another difficulty that must be faced: “The lack of staff to follow all the projects. We suffer, we will trust Brescia Infrastructure ».

Rudiano’s unfunded project

On the other hand, Rudiano’s mayor Alfredo Bonetti was disappointed. His municipality was hardly excluded. The 930 thousand euros would have been spent, he explains, to «realize a new wing of the primary school“. A building, in front via Giuseppe Verdi, with space for laboratories on the ground floor and two classrooms on the first floor.

In the next few days, other placements regarding Pnrr calls to canteens and school gymnastics are expected; those for kindergartens and kindergartens follow. In view of the NRP’s tight deadlines (to be completed by 2026) and the local authorities’ staffing problems, it is desirable that the funds arrive at the box office as soon as possible.