Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (236)

Simon Harris

Question:

236. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the action his Department has taken to date to ensure that all children in an area (details supplied) have a school place for the school year 2014-15; when a review of accommodation needs in this area will be complete; how soon following this review he expects to make a decision regarding additional classes for the schools in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22538/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Deputy will be aware that 15 additional classrooms were put in place in the area to which he refers for the 2013/2014 school year onward following the completion of two new 16 classroom school buildings for a Gaelscoil and an Educate Together school. Devolved funding has also been made available for the provision of a further 5 mainstream classrooms to cater for accommodation needs in the area in 2013, 2014 and onwards. The breakdown of this accommodation provision is:

- St. Laurence's N.S. - 2 classrooms

- St. Patrick's N.S. - 2 classrooms

- St. Kevin's N.S. - 1 classroom

I am aware that the schools in the area are engaging with each other in the context of addressing enrolment demand for September 2014. My Department will continue to keep the matter under review.