Meet­ing puts spot­light on school-place cri­sis

ED­U­CA­TION FEARS FOR NEARLY 200 IN­FANTS

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

THERE WILL be a pub­lic meet­ing in the Charles­land Ho­tel at 8pm, on Thurs­day, to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity of se­cur­ing ex­tra ju­nior in­fant places in three North Wicklow ar­eas.

Stephen Don­nelly, In­de­pen­dent TD for Wicklow is call­ing on the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to ad­dress the deficit in ju­nior in­fant places in Greystones, Del­gany and Kil­coole.

‘Many par­ents in Greystones, Del­gany and Kil­coole have spo­ken to me about the short­age of ju­nior in­fant places for this coming Septem­ber.

‘I have con­tacted schools, Min­is­ter Quinn's of­fice and the County Coun­cil, and have come to the con­clu­sion that a new school is ur­gently needed.

‘Al­most 200 chil­dren in the area do not have an of­fer of a ju­nior in­fant place. I have made a submission to Min­is­ter Quinn propos­ing that Kil­coole Na­tional School can ex­pand per­ma­nently to three streams from Septem­ber 2013, Saint Pa­trick's Na­tional School is ex­panded per­ma­nently to two ju­nior in­fant classes, ad­di­tional class­room ca­pac­ity at the Gael­soil is used, and cru­cially, that a new Pri­mary School in Charles­land is built to be open for Septem­ber 2014. ‘I am open­ing a pe­ti­tion at my of­fice be­side the Dart sta­tion in Greystones and will be hold­ing a pub­lic meet­ing at Charles­land Ho­tel at 8pm on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 7. I would urge all par­ents of young chil­dren to at­tend.’

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