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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Camolin National School without warden since January

Breda Fitzpatrick with brothers, Noah, Leo and Billy James pictured with, Jane McDonald and her sons, Christopher and Aidan Quigley outside Camolin NS yesterday (Monday)
Breda Fitzpatrick with brothers, Noah, Leo and Billy James pictured with, Jane McDonald and her sons, Christopher and Aidan Quigley outside Camolin NS yesterday (Monday)

Sara Gahan

Pupils of Camolin NS and their parents have to be extra careful crossing the road at the moment, as the school is without a lollipop warden since the start of January.

Camolin National School is situated on the busy N11 route and the pupils have been without a warden since they came back from their Christmas holidays.

Communications Manager for Wexford County Council David Minogue said the Council has 'every intention of filling the current vacancy', but as things stand, there will be no warden to help ensure safe crossing for children each school morning and afternoon.

In November 2017, Wexford County Council was made aware that the existing warden in Camolin would be vacating the position at the end of the school term in December.

They requested that the school seek expressions of interest from parents, their families or someone that they may know who may be interested in attending for interview.

'The number of responses was unfortunately rather small,' said Mr Minogue.

Wexford County Council does not currently have a panel from which to appoint wardens as the locations are scattered across three districts and a warden living in Wexford would not consider filling a post in Gorey.

'Over the years we have always found it beneficial to source our Adult School Wardens from within the local community,' said Mr Minogue. 'It can be particularly useful for the Adult School Warden to have an association with the school, be it a relative of a child attending or parents of a past pupil.'

The wardens only work between eight and 10 hours a week and as a result, it can prove challenging to source and retain wardens. Mr Minogue said it is for this reason they try to find candidates with some tie to the school as they are more likely to commit to the position in the long term.

For a candidate to be considered suitable for a position of Adult School Warden, they must be successful at interview, followed by a Garda Vetting process and finally attend a one-day training course.

Mr Minogue said following a successful interview with a potential candidate, they were no longer interested in the position and Wexford County Council is mow engaged in sourcing candidates to interview for the vacant position.

Cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District Cllr Joe Sullivan said: 'I hope that a replacement is found soon in Camolin, as they provide a great service and ensure the safety of children.

'This road is still a national route and it is very important that a lollipop warden is provided.'

Gorey Guardian

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