Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Education and Skills
School Accommodation Provision
230. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there are regulations which would stop the board of management of a school (details supplied) from designing an extension to the classrooms and applying for planning permission from the local authority with a view to presenting it for funding at some stage in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9620/19]
If the school referred to by the Deputy requires additional classrooms the school authority should submit an application under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme. It is Department policy not to provide funding to school authorities for projects undertaking without prior approval. The level of accommodation to be provided to any school is a matter for my Department so extensions designed by school authorities may not receive approval resulting in all of the work completed and costs incurred by the school authority being wasted.