Meeting puts spotlight on school-place crisis
EDUCATION FEARS FOR NEARLY 200 INFANTS
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.’