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Appeal for Action on School Extension – Parents Association say “Enough is enough”

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Lucan Community College Parents Association have issued this appeal to all current, past and future parents in the catchment area: “Please lobby your politicians and public representatives in relation to further delays that have been experienced in progressing the planned school extension”. A draft letter is provided below along with some email addresses that may be suitable recipients for your communication. The Parents Association is liaising with the Board of Management of the College to try to ensure that the extension will be ready for September 2018 in line with the increased student intake agreed for 2016. Students in Lucan Community College deserve a school building that matches the excellent teaching and learning provision in the school. The PA AGM is on Tuesday 6th October and the main agenda item is the delay on the extension process.

 

Draft Letter:

To whom it may concern,

An extension to Lucan Community College is provided for in the current Five Year Construction Programme.  However, the Building Programme is stalled at the moment.

It was the hope of the Board of Management of Lucan Community College that the project would have been progressed by now to stage 2B so that a planning application could have been submitted before the end of 2015.

To date, the project has not even reached the approval of the revised schedule of accommodation despite the submission of all relevant documentation by the design team last May.  As a result, a planning application will not likely be submitted this year and the overall delays to the project may now mean that the target opening date of September 2018 may not be met.

I don’t understand why the Department of Education & Skills has not authorised the project to progress to Stage 2A given that this project is included in the current Five Year Construction Programme.

I am requesting that you:-

  1. Seek to immediately authorise the project to progress to Stage 2A
  2. Seek to expedite the preparation and submission of the planning application, preferably no later than Spring 2016
  3. Confirm that the target opening date of September 2018 will be met
  4. Accommodate the attendance of a staff representative of Lucan Community College at all future meetings held by official at the Department of Education and the DDLETB regarding the progression of this building project so that the Board of Management can remain fully aware of all progress.

Lucan is in dire need of secondary school places and it is vital that this extension goes ahead on schedule.

I await hearing from you,

Yours sincerely,

 

Possible Contacts:

Frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie

wlavelle@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

joanna.tuffy@oireachtas.ie

dannyobrien@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

eobrien@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

goconnell@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

lotoole@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

pgogarty@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

ruthnolan@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

vcasserly@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie

Department of education – Minister Jan O’Sullivan: minister@education.gov.ie

alan_mcintyre@education.gov.ie