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In a shock move, the Department Of Education have just announced that the September opening for the new Greystones National School building will be delayed.

The reason behind the delay wasn’t explained by the Department.

Letters are being sent to parents this evening from both Greystones National School and Greystones Community College, the latter’s principal, Ruairí Farrell’s, copied below.

Speaking of this evening’s announcement, Jennifer Whitmore TD told the Guide, “I know this is very disappointing for parents, students and staff alike. Everyone has waited so long to finally get into the new building.

“Unfortunately, there is now going to be a delay on that happening. I have been working with the Department and both schools on this issue, and will continue to do so, to ensure that both the primary school and the new secondary’ needs are met in the short term to enable them to open for September. I will also continue to work with the Department to make sure that the delay on the opening of the new building is as short as possible.”

Here’s the letter being sent out to the parents of Greystones Community College students…

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students of Greystones Community College,

I know this is very disappointing for parents, students and staff alike. Everyone has waited so long to finally get into the new building. Unfortunately, there is now going to be a delay on that happening. I have been working with the Department and both schools on this issue, and will continue to do so, to ensure that both the primary school and the new secondary’ needs are met in the short term to enable them to open for September. I will also continue to work with the Department to make sure that the delay on the opening of the new building is as short as possible.

I am writing to share some disappointing news with you prior to it entering the public domain. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Greystones Community College will now not be in a position to occupy the new Community National School building at the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year as planned. We have been informed by the Department of Education in the last few hours, that the building is not yet fit for handover and the safety of our students and staff is our priority.

The following is the information which was circulated to KWETB from the Department of Education:

The new 24 classroom school building project for Greystones Community National School (CNS) is intended to provide:

permanent accommodation for Greystones CNS and
interim accommodation for Greystones Community College which is opening for the first year intake of students this year.

Construction commenced on site in early September 2018 and the building was expected to be completed in time for the coming school year.

The Department is taking appropriate steps to ensure that it is completely satisfied that the building is fit for handover prior to accepting it. There is currently an engagement underway between the Department and the Contractor in this regard under the contract.

The Department wishes to inform KW ETB and the two schools that the building will not be available for occupation for this September and will now work in association with KWETB to ensure that appropriate contingency arrangements are put in place for the start of the 2020 school year for both schools.

I have now started engagement with KWETB and the Department of Education regarding appropriate contingency arrangements.

Please be reassured that we will have a full return to school for all students as planned, albeit at an alternative location for what we envisage will be a short space of time.

I will keep you informed as soon as these contingency plans are in place. If you require any further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Ruairí Farrell can be contacted on gccinfo@kwetb.ie. Two hours after this article, we got a statement from Western Building Systems.

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