Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

John Perry

Question:

988 Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress, if any, that has been made on the additional facilities and assistant teaching staff for Scoil Ursula national school, County Sligo, in view of the fact that the facilities at the school are inadequate for the ever increasing number of students and the school is situated in the centre of a major developing area; when approval will be given; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19384/00]

My Department has approved grant aid for refurbishment works to the school in question and these works are currently under way.

As the Deputy is aware the staffing of primary schools is determined by reference to the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year. This is in accordance with guidelines agreed between my Department and the education partners. The enrolment at Scoil Ursula has decreased from 363 pupils on 30 September 1998 to 346 pupils on 30 September 1999. This latter enrolment entitled the school to a principal and 12 mainstream class teachers for the 2000-01 school year.