29th January 2014
Myself and Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow are calling on the Minister for Education to allocate an extra Junior Infants teacher to Kilcoole Primary to address a shortfall of places for September 2014.
Currently, Kilcoole has two classrooms of thirty children planned for September 2014. In addition, there are 27 children on the waiting list that won’t get a place for September. As these children are outside the catchment area for schools in Greystones, it is unlikely they will get a place there either. However, Kilcoole Primary School does have an extra classroom that could house those 27 children on the waiting list. We just need the Department of Education to sanction a teacher for those children.
Last year, myself and Stephen held a public meeting where we heard from parents from Greystones, Delgany and Kilcoole whose children were not getting a junior infants place. While the Department worked with schools last year and increased the number of junior classes available, we are seeing similar problems this year where parents are not guaranteed a school place. Stephen has met with the forward planning team at the Department of Education in Tullaghmore to make the case for a new primary school in Charlesland. They have accepted that there is a lack of places, but are unwilling to commit to a new school until they have seen further data. This issue in Kilcoole is further proof that a new school is needed.
If you are having difficulties getting a primary school place, please contact me on [email protected] or call into Stephen Donnelly’s office beside the DART station in Greystones. The more children we know that are not getting places, the stronger our case for a new school is.