Sunday 25 August 2019

Parents shocked as new River Valley school now set to open in Feltrim

Ken Phelan

Notification received by the principal of River Valley Community National School from the Department of Education has confirmed the new school's proposed temporary site off Main Street in Swords will not be ready for this September, with the school now due to open at an alternative location.

A delay in the planning permission for the original temporary site off Main Street, Swords has been caused by the lack of a sufficient set down and drop off area in the initial plans.

The new school will now open up initially in The Riasc Centre, Feltrim Road, with a move to the Main Street site due to take place by the October mid-term break, depending on planning and site works and other factors.

Plans for the school are currently being reviewed by the Planning Department of The Department of Education.

Principal of River Valley CNS Anne McArdle has contacted parents to alert them to the alternative arrangements for the school.

Ms McArdle has advised parents that a meeting will be organised for The Riasc Centre for any parent who wishes to see the facility.

Ms McArdle also told parents she will organise a morning in the facility for all incoming junior infants to meet, most likely in the last week of July.

The opening date for River Valley CNS will be on Thursday August 29 at the Riasc Centre.

Ms McArdle said she visited the Riasc Centre recently and was 'overall very happy with the facilities.'

The new principal asked for parents with any questions, concerns or queries to not 'hesitate to ask.'

She said: 'Unfortunately the site location and planning situation is out of my control, but I can assure you my priority as Principal of River Valley Community National School is to provide a happy, safe and welcoming educational experience for each of your children.'

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Darragh Butler said: 'I'm disappointed that it has come to this. None of this is the fault of the new school or the DDLETB, it is the fault of the Department of Education who gave them the go ahead for a new school without proper planning for a temporary or permanent site.'

Cllr Butler concluded: 'There has been no joined up thinking from the DOE which is very disappointing for us all and very stressful for the parents.'

Fingal Independent