St Joseph’s wins four class­rooms as short-term fix

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By JOHN MAN­NING

The Prin­ci­pal, Board of Man­age­ment and Par­ent’s As­so­ci­a­tion of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush have warmly wel­comed the com­mit­ment, from the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills, con­firmed re­cently, to pro­vide four new tem­po­rary class­rooms to en­sure the School can ac­com­mo­date all of those that have ap­plied for first year places in Septem­ber

The de­ci­sion to pro­vide ex­tra class­rooms fol­lows an in­tense pe­riod of meet­ings and ur­gent com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Depart­ment and Min­is­ter Joe Mchugh by stu­dents, par­ents, staff man­age­ment and the board led by its chair­per­son, Se­na­tor James Reilly.

The de­ci­sion comes just three weeks af­ter the school was forced to write to the par­ents of over one hun­dred 2019 ap­pli­cants to ad­vise that there would not be a place in the school for their chil­dren, next Septem­ber.

St Joseph’s Prin­ci­pal Ms Pa­tri­cia Hay­den wel­comed the news but noted that it is only a tem­po­rary step and one that is promised but not com­pleted.

She said: ‘We are mostly re­lieved. It has been a dif­fi­cult num­ber of weeks since we were forced to tell par­ents there were only 120 places for 224 ap­pli­cants. These promised class­rooms will bring great re­lief to the par­ents of Rush who faced long jour­neys to get school­ing for their chil­dren. There are not here yet though. There is still a lot of work to do to se­cure ap­proval for the in­stal­la­tion of the tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion from Fin­gal County Coun­cil and get it on-site and into use.’

Ms Hay­den warned that the only long-term so­lu­tion to the school’s ac­com­mo­da­tion needs was a new per­ma­nent school build­ing.

Chair of the board of man­age­ment of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Se­na­tor James Reilly at the school

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