Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:31
The Boadilla del Monte City Council has canceled the concession to Legionaries of Christ concerning the parcel of land on which the school, Highlands Los Fresnos, is located. The private school is located on a city plot valued at 11 million, in exchange for an annual fee of 162,000 euros paid to the city by the Congregation. Meanwhile, the families pay 1,400 euros for registration and to 456 euros per month.
In May 2010, the council decided to terminate the grant because the Congregation has built only two of the five modules which were planned. This is because both parties expected urban development that has not occurred.
The Town Planner, Miguel Angel Ruiz, explained that the Congregation "has repeatedly failed the terms of the contract" by not putting up the buildings to which they agreed. Furthermore, he pointed out that the school has "about 400 students from kindergarten and primary. "
The proposal will be raised at the regular plenary session of October and, if all goes as expected, according to the mayor, within "two or three months" the city will offer the award again. "The goal is for a new company to manage the educational complex.
"The local government, after repeated violations by the Legionaries of Christ Congregation, will propose the resolution of the concession. They will process the file appropriate for the land to return to City Hall," "he explained.
Ruiz recalled that since April of this year, there were a record number of sanctions, laying fines of 57,000 euros on the company for the "delay in the construction of the school."
Meanwhile, the Congregation, through a statement, says it fulfilled its "obligations" to the city. They add that "the only discrepancy" occurs in construction time, as the demand would not be enough to fill the new modules.
That's how, they explain, the bidding posted by the City Council to create the Highlands Los Fresnos School was intended to "satisfy the great demand for education in the city," was also motivated by the creation of new housing. Nevertheless, that demand for housing that would bring kids to the school, they affirm, "has not happened." Fr. M.S., spokesman for the HLF school, explains that "at no time was the actual demand for student capacity not taken care of, and therefore, there was no harm at all to the public interest."