Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Questions (248)

Mary Butler


248. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a special school (details supplied) located at three sites in counties Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny; the enrolment numbers; the staff numbers; and the future plans for this school. [20866/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I recently received correspondence from the joint Patrons of the School in question indicating that the Board of Mangement has advised them that the School is no longer viable.

I understand from my officials that the staffing of the school is a Principal plus three assistants and that two pupils will need to be facilitated to transfer to another school for the next school year. The school have confirmed that they are in contact with Tusla's Educational Welfare service whose responsibility it is to assist in identifying school placements.

I have responded to the Patrons indicating that my officials will work over the coming weeks with the Board of Management to discuss arrangements regarding the matter.