Which building has enough classrooms and staff rooms, a canteen and a certain amount of technical equipment? Yes, a school. However, if these are the criteria for an educational institution, then Eglharting Elementary and Middle School shouldn’t really be called one. However, numerous girls and boys are taught there in a total of nine classes, even though the building is now in a desolate condition. The Kirchseeon community has long known that the school is in urgent need of renovation. The city council has now started the first planning steps. However, there is a small problem: the renewal of the school will cost the market well over 20 million euros. It is currently unclear where this money will come from.
No canteen, no lift and insufficient classrooms: the list of shortcomings is long
As large as the sum for the renovation is, architect Richard Baumann’s description of the condition at the last city council meeting was devastating. The insulated state of the building, for example, is “dinosaur-like”, the heating and sanitary systems are “in desolate condition” and the building services are “historic” – adjectives no one likes to hear in relation to an institution. of education. However, the list of shortcomings in Eglharting Elementary School is far from finished. According to architect Baumann, there are too few classrooms, no functional staff room and no real group room. A lunch break canteen was obviously not considered when the school was built.
There are also minor deficits that make modern day school life impossible. For example, some windows cannot be opened and there are no elevators, so the building is not barrier-free. All these points already indicate that minor repairs will not be enough. And indeed, all four variants that Richard Baumann presented to the city council involve investments worth millions.
A sensible restructuring will not be possible for less than 20 million
However, the first rehabilitation option with an estimated cost of around € 16 million is only theoretical. Here only the old building would be renovated, there would still be no canteen or additional classrooms. Also, all classes should be moved to containers during the conversion work. The variant B, on the other hand, appears much more realistic, which foresees an extension in the south-east of the school. For around 21.5 million euros, another six classrooms and a canteen could be created. While the councilors and architect ruled out full demolition and new construction costing over 30 million euros, much was praised for option C. This would also add an additional building to the existing one, giving it three floors and a basement but then three more classrooms, so a total of nine. Furthermore, a conversion would be possible without outsourcing the school classes.
There was therefore little discussion among local councils that this would be the most promising solution, also in view of the expected population growth, should the site of the former railway sleeper factory actually be built. In addition to a replacement building, the generous extension would be the most expensive option at around € 23.6 million, which is why Green Councilor Rüdiger Za probably spoke on behalf of all of his colleagues when he said: ” Financing will be a challenge for us. ” Compounding the fact that the market community is not particularly well off is the fact that there has not yet been any useful state funding, as treasurer Christian Prosser said: “I still lack the sensible plans.” If the municipality starts the school renovation project now, it could lose money under certain circumstances.
A private investor could help the community, but that comes with risks
However, this threatens her even if she postpones the works, as architect Baumann warned. Prices in the construction sector increased 14 percent last year, a record high. “I can’t tell you where the trip is going,” the planner told the local councils. However, it couldn’t be cheaper.
In this context, Kirchseeon could fall back on a model the district has recently fallen on its nose with: public-private partnership, or PPP for short. This means cooperation between the public sector and private enterprises in the design, creation, financing and management of public services previously provided exclusively under the responsibility of the state. Put simply, a private investor would build and run the school for the community. This is what the district did with Kirchseeon Elementary School, but what followed was a year-long legal battle that continues to this day. “We shouldn’t ignore the PPP just because the district has had bad experiences,” said Paul Hörl (CSU). The Greens saw it much more critically: “In the end, we pay the profit that the investor makes in the long run,” says Rüdiger Za.
But who in the end still pays what is a dream of the future. Firstly, the city council agreed to continue to pursue variant C of the restructuring of the primary school and to await any funding. But the PPP is not out of the question either: industry experts will explain the advantages and disadvantages of this financing model to city councils at one of the next meetings.