WWETB welcomes accommodation sanction for St. Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas
Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) are very pleased to announce that a resolution has been found to the issue around difficulties in accommodating all the students who wished to enrol in St. Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas for this forthcoming school year.
Mr. Kevin Lewis, Chief Executive of WWETB confirmed that “following intense and on-going negotiations, the Planning and Building Unit of the Department of Education and Skills has sanctioned immediate temporary accommodation from September while a more permanent extension, including general and practical subject classrooms, is being procured and built. They will also consider the large extension application submitted by WWETB over the next couple of years.”
Councillor Jim Moore, Chairman of WWETB, expressed his pleasure that this matter had been resolved and that additional school places would be available in September 2018 for all students who had applied to St. Declan’s Community College. He thanked the Board for working well with the executive to achieve this successful outcome and stated that they would continue their work to ensure that the school secures additional modern facilities over the next few years to cater for the expected ongoing increases in student numbers.
Ms. Eilis Leddy, Director of Schools/Education Officer with WWETB, welcomed the news and stated, “it is very important that any students enrolling in St. Declan’s have a top class educational experience including access to the widest possible curriculum opportunities.” She said that “while the school had already increased its admission number in 1st year from 120 to 150 this year to cater for the very large demand, this additional accommodation will ensure that St. Declan’s can accommodate all of those who have applied for admission for this school year.”
Ms. Elaine Murray, Acting Principal of St. Declan’s Community College, said she was “very pleased for the students who had been refused admission and their parents for whom this had been a difficult period of time.” She thanked everyone for their patience and undertook to contact all parents immediately to advise them of the good news.
Mr. Lewis thanked the Department of Education and Skills for responding in such a positive manner to the accommodation crisis at St. Declan’s, the Board of WWETB, the Board of Management of St. Declan’s, public representatives (both national and local), Ms. Leddy and the officials in the WWETB Corporate Services Section and the management/staff of St. Declan’s. He further stated, “the number of applicants for places in St. Declan’s is a great affirmation of the wonderful work being carried out within the school by management and staff.”