Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (204, 205)

Colm Keaveney

Question:

204. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm that a person (details supplied) has now been appointed director of schools at Galway and Roscommon Education Training Board on a permanent rather than an interim basis; the date on which position was made permanent; if this position was advertised; when interviews were held; the difference in the remuneration package attached to the new position of director of schools at GRETB compared with the position of acting CEO of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24140/14]

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Colm Keaveney

Question:

205. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Education and Skills following the formation of the Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, headquartered in Athenry, County Galway, and given the understanding that his Department issued a circular stating all acting CEOs in the old VECs would return to their positions as school principals, if he will confirm that this has not happened in the case of the City of Galway VEC, and that the acting CEO was appointed director of schools in the new GRETB; if this was a newly created position; if it was sanctioned by his Department, and if so, the date of same; if the position was advertised; when the selection process took place; the salary scale of the new position; whether it is for a fixed term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24141/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 205 together. The Chief Executive of an Education and Training Board (ETB) has discretion in relation to the allocation of teaching posts and for the re-assignment of personnel for specific purposes, on a short-term basis, provided this does not exceed the overall allocation to the ETB. In the case of Galway and Roscommon ETB, the position of Director of Schools was established by the Chief Executive from within the allocation of teaching posts provided by the Department to the ETB. The Chief Executive has advised the Department that it is an interim arrangement and of the context in which it was made.

The substantive position of the person concerned is school Principal and he continues to receive the salary appropriate to the post of Principal in accordance with the standard national pay scales. He is not in receipt of any additional allowance for the performance of the duties assigned by the Chief Executive.