School bus takes children from Zernsdorf to Niederlehme for the start of school

Zernsdorf. At the end of the holidays, the parents of the fourth graders in Zernsdorf are looking forward to the start of the new school year: From next Monday, the lessons for the approximately 50 students at Zernsdorf elementary school will take place in the Montessori school. A school bus drives the children the nine kilometers to Niederlehme in the morning.

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The background is that the school building in Zernsdorf no longer provides enough space for the increased number of children. An extension is planned. But until that happens, provisional solutions must be created for the coming school years. Because there are no available rooms in any of the other schools in the city that can be used, the city administration is reportedly relying on school containers.

School containers were not delivered on time

The problem now, however, is that the containers, which must compensate for the lack of space, cannot be delivered and set up on time. Completion is not expected until April 2023, which is too late for the current first-timers. With a total of more than 80 registrations for the new school year, there are more first classes in Zernsdorf than in a long time.

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The high number of new enrollments has serious consequences for the current fourth grades. In order to guarantee school enrollment in Zernsdorf, classes 4a and 4b must transfer to the Montessori elementary school in Niederlehme.

The Montessori elementary school in Niederlehme.

Parents complain about a lack of information from the city

“I’m assuming everything will be fine on Monday,” Jennifer Dossow said. According to her own statement, the parents’ spokeswoman has not yet received information about how the bus transport will take place from Monday. “We parents are on the same page as the city told us at the end of the school year,” she said. This was confirmed by other concerned parents. “I hope there will be a bus on Monday,” said Grit Mindak. The affected mother lamented that the parents did not have the opportunity to visit the classrooms in Niederlehme before the start of the school year. The children have already taken a trip there with the teachers to get to know the school building.

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Early risers, longer journeys: frustrated parents

The school bus to Niederlehme is supposed to leave the school in Zernsdorf at 7:30 in the morning. For this to work, she practiced getting up earlier with her daughter for a week, Jennifer Dossow said. Until now, it was enough if the children were at school at 7.50.

After school, the fourth graders must be brought back to Zernsdorf. “It’s a disaster for us as a family,” Grit Mindak said. The full-time working mother has a total of four children, all of whom attend primary school in Zernsdorf. The extra route means that her daughter has to give up some of the hobbies she pursued in Zernsdorf in the afternoons of the new school year – because the time is no longer suitable.

Push for a new school campus in Niederlehme

At the end of the holiday, Volker Born, mayor of Wernsdorf also intervened in the debate about the lack of classrooms and day care centers in the city. “We have to think about our children and take urgent measures,” he said, also with a view to the up to 300 apartments that may be built in the future in the old port of Niederlehme alone.

Volker Born, Mayor Wernsdorf, KW.

Volker Born, Mayor Wernsdorf, KW.

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Født doubts that the free primary school in the town will be sufficient to meet the needs of the children from Niederlehme, Ziegenhals and Wernsdorf in the future. Born plans to develop a new school site along Schulstrasse. The Montessori school is located on a former military site. Areas around the school are fallow. At Schulstraße 1 is a dilapidated barracks building with a canteen. “The building has potential, you just have to do something right with it,” Born said.

Schulstraße 1, old barracks building in Niederlehme-Ziegenhals, KW: The property on the old NVA grounds allegedly belongs to the GKW real estate company Königs Wusterhausen.  The company is registered in Hamburg's trade register.  The managing director is Joachim Felix Krebs, who together with the estate agent Karl-Heinz Krutz, also known as

Schulstraße 1, old barracks building in Niederlehme-Ziegenhals, KW: The property on the old NVA grounds allegedly belongs to the GKW real estate company Königs Wusterhausen. The company is registered in Hamburg’s trade register. The managing director is Joachim Felix Krebs, who together with the real estate agent Karl-Heinz Krutz, also known as the “King of Herring”, is also involved in other projects, among others in Bernau, but also in Bavaria.

Born claims to have learned from the owner that he is quite willing to develop the property. The property on the old NVA site therefore belongs to the GKW property company Königs Wusterhausen. The company is registered in Hamburg’s trade register. The managing director is Joachim Felix Krebs, who together with the real estate agent Karl-Heinz Krutz, also known as the “King of Herring”, is also involved in other projects, among others in Bernau, but also in Bavaria.

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