On Wednesday the City Council approved the decision to relocate the Vilnius Senamiesčio School with Russian medium of instruction to the building of the Vilnius Primary School in Liepkalnis where Polish and Russian are used in teaching. The final decision will be made at the next session of the Council.
According to the City Council, merging schools means more appropriate use of school buidlings. In recent years both schools were half-empty.
468 more students could attend the Senamiesčio School, whereas in the Primary School in Liepkalnis there are 272 excess seats. 205 students who currently attend the Senamiesčio School will move to the building school in Liepkalnis.
The distance between schools is about 1 km and it takes 10 minutes to cover it.
“Moving students of the Senamiesčio School to Liepkalnis will result in better learning conditions. After the renovation the school in Liepkalnis has a beautiful hall, modern computer room, gym and computerized library. 90 percent of teachers use laptops for teaching purposes and there are also two interactive whiteboards, five screens and four media players. Local government will cover the costs of school playground renovation” – said Vilnius vice-mayor Valdas Benkunskas.
205 students attend the Senamiesčio School, with Russian medium of instruction, although it is destined to accommodate 814 students. One third of the school building is occupied by the Vilnius International Meridian School which has been leasing the rooms since 2006.
Students of the Senamiesčio School will be moved to the school building in Liepkalnis at the beginning of the next school year, on the 1st of September 2017.
The Vilnius Primary School in Liepkalnis was reborn as Polish educational institution in 1990. The original school was founded in 1938. It was the Józef Piłsudski Primary School No. 40. The school headmaster is Helena Gasperska and lessons are taught in Polish and Russian. 205 students currently attend the school.
Tłumaczenie by Grzegorz Gaura w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Grzegorz Gaura within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.