Tuesday, 11 October 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
394. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the school building programme in the primary sector in New Ross; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27333/05]
395. Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Science the action that is being taken on the amalgamation of the primary schools in New Ross town; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27334/05]
Architectural assessments have recently been carried out on all four primary schools to determine which, if any, would be suitable to act as hosts for the proposed rationalisation. These assessments will enable my Department to take a view on how infrastructure can be developed to facilitate its proposals. In addition, the local authority has agreed to provide my Department with updated demographics on the area so that an informed decision can be taken on school sizes. When these matters have been resolved, my Department will move to address the issue of enrolment polices for the proposed school re-configuration. On finalisation of this issue, any required building works can be considered for inclusion in a school building programme. Any such projects will attract a high priority band 1.4 rating which applies to projects to facilitate amalgamations.
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