Parents of Cushinstown NS pupils have been given positive news ahead of the summer break, with the appointment of a principal.
Fears were expressed at a public meeting in New Ross in April that the school may not be able to reopen in August/September if a principal could not be hired, among other senior staff, following news that the three most senior staff would not be returning.
All parents, staff and members of the school community were written to by School Manager John Roche last week, informing them of the appointment of Colm Gallagher, who is the current principal at Courtnacuddy NS.
“I wish to announce that Mr Colm Gallagher has been selected to fill the position of Administrative Principal in Cushinstown National School effective August 31. I wish Colm every success in his new appointment.”
Meanwhile, in a separate email, Mr Roche informed the school community about a follow on meeting from the one held in New Ross, taking place at the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola, this Thursday, at 7.30 p.m. when parents will be updated about progress made regarding the school ahead of the start of the 2023 term.
Mr Roche said there was keen interest in the principal job, adding that a shortlist was drawn up following it being advertised on April 29.
Mr Gallagher was successful in getting the job. A Donegal native he has worked as principal at Courtnacuddy NS since 2017, having previously worked at St Aidan’s NS as a teacher.
The position of deputy principal at Cushinstown NS has been advertised with applications closing this Friday.
Meanwhile an assistant principal will be hired from within the school ranks.
“It’s all positive. We’ve a new principal and we’ll have a deputy and hopefully an assistant principal by the start of next term,” said Mr Roche.
The school will also be interviewing to fill teacher vacancies.
“Things are going fine with the interim principal Mairin Jackson. School tours have gone ahead. We’ve turned a corner. It’s a step by step process but we’re going in the right direction.”