Thursday, 13 July 2023
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
361. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the hall at a school (details supplied) can be returned to school use by September 2023; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34785/23]
I can confirm that my Department is in receipt of an application for capital funding, under the Additional School Accommodation (ASA) scheme, from the school in question.
The purpose of the ASA scheme is to ensure that essential mainstream and special education classroom accommodation is available to cater for pupils enrolled each year and where the need cannot be met by the school’s existing accommodation.
Officials in my Department are engaging with the school regarding proposed SEN class provision which is expected to involve works on the parish hall property. The parish is making the hall available to the school in question without any need for the Department to be involved in ownership arrangements.
The ASA application in question is currently being assessed and when the assessment process is completed the school authority will be notified of the decision.