Friday 24 November 2017

Bishop calls for manager to oversee 'crisis school'

David Medcalf

BISHOP Denis Brennan has called in a manager to oversee the future of crisis-racked Davidstown National School.

Dublin-based Maighread Ní Ghallchobhair was appointed recently by the diocese to replace the board of management.

Neighbouring schools in Bree and Courtnacuddy are now full to capacity after children from Davidstown were moved by worried families to seek education elsewhere.

The 2013/4 school year ended with more than 70 children on the books but it is expected that the number will dip dramatically in September. The troubled school, which has a staff of five teachers, is likely to have less than 50 in class when lessons resume after the break. The concerns of parents have been acknowledged in a letter circulated by Sister Maighread, an expert in special needs education.

'It is a source of deep sadness that so many children have been withdrawn from the school,' she wrote. 'I respect totally the parents' decisions in this matter and their reasons for doing so. It is a painful time for these parents and for their children, and for those remaining whose numbers are so reduced. It is also a matter of concern for the staff.' She promised to make efforts during the summer holidays to deal with issues confided in her by families in the area.

Though long resident in Dublin, she was educated in her youth at the Presentation School in Wexford.

Principal Dominic O'Sullivan was on holidays this week and unavailable for comment.

Gorey Guardian

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