Thursday, 5 March 2020

Questions (295)

Marian Harkin

Question:

295. Deputy Marian Harkin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for major capital works by a school (details supplied) in County Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3463/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question is the result of an amalgamation approved by the Department in conjunction with the school Patron, in September 2013. The amalgamation was granted on the condition that the school would operate from existing school sites.

The school authority has been advised that it is open to them to apply under the Department's Additional School Accommodation Scheme (ASA).  The scheme permits schools to apply for capital funding, for the provision of additional accommodation, where a deficit has been identified or where an additional post has been appointed.  The purpose of the ASA scheme is to ensure that essential classroom accommodation is available to cater for pupils enrolled each year and where the need cannot be met by the school’s existing accommodation.