Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (204)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

204. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to expand capacity at a college (details supplied) and the associated timelines; if the modular classrooms due for March 2020 are to cope with the current overcrowded conditions; his further plans for expansion beyond 2020. [47636/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of an application, for additional school accommodation, from the school authority in question. The assessment process to determine the school’s permanent accommodation needs is nearing completion. The school will be informed of the decision in due course.

My Department is aware of the enrolment issues in the Skerries area for 2020. In this context, my Department is in ongoing direct contact with the Patron of Skerries Community College in respect of the capacity in the school.

It is in this regard that interim temporary accommodation has been approved for Skerries Community College. The Patron of Skerries Community College is currently tendering for the interim accommodation approved. It is expected to have all interim accommodation in place for September 2020.