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Thursday 13 December 2018

St Joseph's wins four classrooms as short-term fix

Chair of the board of management of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Senator James Reilly, at the school
Chair of the board of management of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Senator James Reilly, at the school

John Manning

The Principal, Board of Management and Parent's Association of St Joseph's Secondary School, Rush have warmly welcomed the commitment, from the Department of Education and Skills, confirmed recently, to provide four new temporary classrooms to ensure the School can accommodate all of those that have applied for first year places in September

The decision to provide extra classrooms follows an intense period of meetings and urgent communication with the Department and Minister Joe McHugh by students, parents, staff management and the board led by its chairperson, Senator James Reilly.

The decision comes just three weeks after the school was forced to write to the parents of over one hundred 2019 applicants to advise that there would not be a place in the school for their children, next September.

St Joseph's Principal Ms Patricia Hayden welcomed the news but noted that it is only a temporary step and one that is promised but not completed.

She said: 'We are mostly relieved. It has been a difficult number of weeks since we were forced to tell parents there were only 120 places for 224 applicants. These promised classrooms will bring great relief to the parents of Rush who faced long journeys to get schooling for their children. There are not here yet though. There is still a lot of work to do to secure approval for the installation of the temporary accommodation from Fingal County Council and get it on-site and into use.'

Ms Hayden warned that the only long-term solution to the school's accommodation needs was a new permanent school building.

Fingal Independent

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