Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Department of Education and Science
Schools Building Projects
An application for an extension has recently been received from the school referred to by the Deputy. An assessment of projected enrolments, demographic trends and housing developments in the area will need to be carried out by the Department. This assessment will assist in determining the long term projected enrolment for the school on which the school's long term accommodation needs will be based. When the long-term projected enrolment has been finalised and agreed with the school authorities, the Department will draw up schedules of accommodation for the project which will be notified to the school management authority. The project will then be considered in the context of the multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.
In relation to the second school referred to by the Deputy, the management authority of the school submitted an application under the Small Schools Scheme 2007. Due to the volume of applications received in the Department it was not possible to allocate funding to all proposed projects and the school referred to by the Deputy was not successful in this instance. It is open to the school authority to apply for funding under the 2008 scheme, details of which will be announced later this year.