Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin TD, with Cllrs Steven Matthews and Lourda Scott met this week with North Wicklow Educate Together in Bray to discuss the lack of progress and co-operation from the Department of Education in delivering their new school.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Matthews said, “The students, parents and staff of North Wicklow Educate Together secondary school have been very poorly treated by the Department of Education and their progress in delivering the new school has been slow and frustrating. I have written to the last two Ministers for Education on several occasions to request better communication and support and urgency in delivering their commitment to construct a new school for Educate Together.
The current school location is temporary and the facilities are not suitable and are denying the students access to the full range of education opportunities that Educate Together can and want to provide.
Councillor Scott commented, “In particular NWETTSS provide a valuable ASD unit in their resource centre for children with autism. this unit is currently full and they cannot open an additional class until they move to a permanent premises. families in the area, with children with autism are desperate for more educational support and unfortunately cannot be accommodated until this issue is resolved.”
Speaking after the visiting the school, Deputy leader of the Green Party Catherine Martin said, “I recently met with the Minister to demand action on their 2016 commitment to construct the new school, to finalise design plans and proceed to a planning application to Wicklow County Council. We are waiting for a response.”