With a monthly rent of €10,833 at Greystones Rugby Club, Jennifer Whitmore issues a statement in regard to Greystones Community National School’s future accommodation…
Social Democrats TD for Wicklow Jennifer Whitmore has called for urgent clarity over the accommodation situation facing Greystones Community National School.
Deputy Whitmore says that the lack of clarity over the future accommodation of the school is impacting on the school’s ability to plan.
Deputy Whitmore has also raised the impact this is having on Greystones Community College who are also seeking information on their future accommodation status, raising it with the Minister on numerous occasions.
SocDems Spokesperson for Children Deputy Whitmore says, “As ex-Chair of the Board of the Greystones Community National School I am aware of the ongoing accommodation needs of students and staff and the incredible work carried out by the school community to work around the lack of a permanent building in place.
“However, this year’s setback of not being able to begin the new school year in the new building in Charlesland has been extremely disappointing to say the least. Unfortunately, no further clarity has been provided by the Department of Education as to when the students can move to the new premise.
“This is now impacting on the schools’ ability to plan ahead particularly when it comes to the enrolment of future children in ASD classes. I have written to the Minister consistently on the matter since news broke that the new building was not opening this September. I also wrote a letter signed by all 5 Wicklow TDs requesting an urgent meeting with the Minister about the current situation but which was refused.
“This week I have requested the Minister to meet with all 5 TDs once again and for urgent clarity regarding the accommodation situation for Greystones Community National School and Greystones Community College so that schools can plan ahead for the future and secure the necessary educational supports required for future classes. Uncertainty is not only impacting on the schools, but the whole area as people are uncertain as to the future capacity of schools and where to send their children in years to come.
“It’s now a community-wide issue which needs urgent attention from the Department of Education” concludes Whitmore.
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