Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (72)

John Perry

Question:

71 Deputy John Perry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will approve the additional funding to this school (detail supplied) in County Sligo in view of the fact that there is not adequate space to hold whole school assemblies and the best option is to erect two functional classrooms with sliding sound proof partition between them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34066/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

In September 2011, the school referred to by the Deputy was granted funding for the provision of 2 Mainstream Classrooms under my Department's Additional Accommodation Scheme.

In May 2012 the school applied for additional funding for a sliding sound proof partition between both classrooms so that the school could use the rooms for assemblies, choir practice and parent meetings. This application was refused and the school advised that any building works carried out over and above those approved must be funded by the Board of Management, as was set out in the Department's original letter of approval.

I am sure the Deputy will appreciate that there are many competing demands on my Department's capital resources and in this context it must prioritise applications for the provision of much needed additional mainstream classroom accommodation.