Press release from Cllr Jennifer Whitmore, issued on Wednesday, June 20th 2018…
Social Democrats Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore today raised concerns that another delay by the Department of Education in the build of the new Community National School in Greystones may mean that it will not meet its September 2019 deadline for completion.
Speaking at a Board meeting of Kildare Wicklow ETB, Whitmore said “Yesterday I found out that there has been a further delay of one month in the proposed build of the new CNS for Charlesland. The Department had previously advised that the return date for tenders was 9th May. We found out yesterday that this had been put back a month to 6th June. No explanation as to why this delay happened has been given.
“The Department still maintains that a September 2019 open date for the school is possible. However, I believe that meeting this deadline is now highly unlikely. This means that the Board of the CNS, of which I am Chair, will now have to go through the planning process again in order to install a further two portacabins at the temporary location of the Rugby Club on Mill Road, Greystones for the September intake.
Whitmore expressed her extreme frustration at this seemingly unnecessary delay, stating that it puts considerable pressure on staff and parents alike, and asked that the KWETB do whatever it could to ensure that the Department to expedite this critical school build.
You can check out the new national school plans right here, and Andrew Doyle TD’s very different press release on this later the same day here.
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