Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

NORTH Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether sec­ondary school is still await­ing clar­ity on its fu­ture af­ter Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials last week met school rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the KWETB re­spec­tively.

Prin­ci­pal of NWETSS Jonathan Browner said that the Kil­dare Wick­low Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board has now made it clear that it does not wish to have the new sec­ondary school build­ing co-lo­cated on the cam­pus of Bray In­sti­tute of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion on No­vara Av­enue.

Mr Browner said that he is ex­pect­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in the com­ing week, with some clar­ity about what their plans are for a site for the build of a new school premises.

Mean­while, the lease on their tem­po­rary home on Putland Road is ex­pected to ex­pire in April. Mr Browner said that sim­i­larly, the Depart­ment is look­ing into op­tions for a solution to that more press­ing is­sue.

‘We’re hop­ing that they will be able to dis­cuss a lease ex­ten­sion or con­tin­gency plan,’ said Mr Browner, who hopes that mat­ter will be dealt with in the same let­ter from the depart­ment.

‘Noth­ing has been an­nounced to us of­fi­cially,’ said Mr Browner. ‘ The depart­ment has said they will an­nounce their in­ten­tions in the next week or so, so by then we will know a lot more.’

NWETSS will be head­ing into its first Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate by the time the cur­rent lease ex­pires.

Al­most 200 stu­dents, staff and par­ents had made their way into the Dáil the pre­vi­ous week, to de­liver a pe­ti­tion signed by 3,500 peo­ple.

Prin­ci­pal Jonathan Browner handed the let­ter de­mand­ing ac­tion, to Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial Derek New­combe, for the at­ten­tion of the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion. Meet­ings fol­lowed be­tween the stake­hold­ers in­volved in the sit­u­a­tion.

TDs Stephen Don­nelly, John Brady, Richard Boyd-Bar­rett and Bríd Smith also met the pro­test­ers at the gates of the Dáil.

Pupils protest­ing out­side Dáil Eire­ann.

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