Schools in Leiden are very pleased with the 75 million euros that the municipality of Leiden is going to invest in refurnishment. It is a huge amount that will ensure that the schools in Leiden are well maintained until 2030. Currently, a large number of schools have to deal with overdue maintenance or unsuitable buildings.
Vrijeschool Mareland, for example, is housed in a building designed by architect Hendrik Jesse at the beginning of the twentieth century. It looks good, but on a number of points it does not meet the requirements of the educational institution. ‘Look, this is one of our beautiful classrooms’, says director Henk Lardee. ‘But we’re totally open to the neighbours because everything is made of glass.’
Additionally, toilets must be replaced once and the school has to do something about leaks. ‘Now we have at least the space to tackle that’, says a delighted Lardee. ‘We will be able to provide good education in this building again in the coming years.’
Moreover, Leiden schools are also pleased with the approach taken by the municipality, especially because there has been intensive contact with the school boards. Councilor Paul Dirkse: ‘Who needs what, and when? We looked at that together with the schools.’