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Public information Meeting re Lucan Community College’s extension and refurbishment plans will be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 22nd June in the college. This meeting will outline the Planning Permission Application, display plans for the building and personnel from the Building Team of DDLETB will be available to answer queries. Please confirm your interest in attending by booking a free ticket through Eventbrite so that we can have an idea of numbers.
We have just been advised that the Department of Education and Skills review of Stage 2A is now complete. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board will shortly receive written notification that we can now proceed to Stage 2B. The design team will then begin the Stage 2B work which has as its stated objectives to:
As a community we are absolutely delighted with the news that our much needed extension has moved ahead to the next stage of planning. This represents a huge step forward for Lucan Community College, our students, teachers and parents in getting a school building to match the quality of our teaching and learning. We want to acknowledge the huge effort made by our pupils with their petition and also our Board members, parents and teachers with their individual letters to the Minister for Education and local representatives in getting the extension back on track. We also acknowledge the ongoing work of the DDLETB building team who are managing this process. We sincerely hope it now moves ahead at speed without any further delays.
Lucan Community College’s students have gathered over 750 signatures calling for immediate action by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, on their ten year wait for their promised school extension. The students have joined together to write a letter to Minister Bruton with signatures from almost the entire student body supporting their call to action.
Lucan Community College’s students are appealing directly to the Minister for Education to take action as the extension has been again delayed in its planning stages. The Student Council organised the letter and signatures as they had become tired of the ridiculous delays that have prevented them from gaining a building suitable for education in the 21st century.
Student Council Chairperson, Ciarán Beahan said “I was in first class in primary school when the extension was first announced and yet here I am in 5th year in Lucan Community College and unbelievably we still do not have our extension”. “We want to finally stop the procrastination by the Department of Education so future generations of students in our school get the building they were promised and deserve”.
The principal of Lucan Community College, Diane Birnie, has supported the action taken by her students as their frustrations have grown over the delayed project. “The students’ independent action represents their part of an on-going whole-school effort. Members the Board of Management and Parents’ Association have also been actively campaigning to ensure the project moves ahead at speed”, said Ms. Birnie. “Our teachers and students work very hard to make Lucan Community College an excellent educational establishment, we hope this amazing effort by our students will finally result in an excellent building those efforts deserve”, explained Ms. Birnie.
The Minister for Education answered questions recently in the Dáil about the delayed extension for Lucan. In response to questions raised by local TD, Gino Kenny, the minister said that once Lucan Community College’s extension passes the various planning phases his department will prioritize funding for the project.
The students in Lucan Community College hope that the Minister for Education backs up his words with action as they look for a positive and swift conclusion to their decade long wait for a modern school building.
As all members of our school community will be aware we have been awaiting the provision of a school extension and refurbishment for over ten years. We now need your support to move the school extension process forward. It appears that it is now delayed in the DES building unit awaiting approval to proceed to Stage 2B. So how can you help? Please print, address, sign and forward copies of the letters below through any means possible (mail, email, social media) and encourage other people to send them to as many people as possible on the contact list below and to anyone else who may be able to offer representation on our behalf. This is a really crucial time in the school extension process and everyone’s support is much needed at this time.
Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills. Fine Gael
Minister’s Department email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Marlborough St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 RC96
Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and Equality. Fine Gael
John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil
Ph: 01 6183792.
Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit
Email – email@example.com
Cllr. William Lavelle – Fine Gael
Fine Gael Leader on SDCC, Chairman of SDCC Planning & Transport Committee, Chairperson of Board of Management, Lucan Community College
36 St. Andrews Drive, Lucan
Cllr. Vicki Casserly – Fine Gael
Cllr. Ed O’Brien – Fianna Fáil
Constituency Office 9/10 The Village Centre, Lucan.
Ph: 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Deputy Leader Fianna Fáil Group on South Dublin County Council.
Cllr Paul Gogarty – Independent Community Alliance
Not just at election time
Cllr. Danny O’Brien – Sinn Fein
Ph: 086 857 0828
Member of the Environment, Public Realm and Climate Change SPC.
Caitríona McClean Rúnaí Connolly Sarsfield Cumann Fianna Fáil Lucan
nó ag firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr. Liona O’Toole Independent
Chair of Lucan/Palmerstown Area Committee, Member of Board of Management, Lucan Community College
Plans for our Extension
Our new building will include:
- New student entrances
- Full sized PE hall capable of facilitating two class groups at once with fitness suite above
- Two new Art rooms with built in kiln for pottery
- New Science rooms
- Dedicated Library
- New computer rooms
- Dedicated Special Needs Unit (most probably for students on Autistic Spectrum)
- Refurbished and new T4 rooms including: technology, technical graphics/DCG, metalwork/engineering and woodwork/construction studies
- Improved use of courtyard space
- Larger canteen facilities
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire confirmed this morning that they are in receipt of correspondence from the Department of Education and Skills which allows the extension project to move on. The Department has approved the proposed changes of rooms and functions as proposed by the design team following a review of the current schedule of accommodation and the schedule of future use. In issuing this approval and seeking some additional information from the design team, the Department is happy for the project to now progress to the completion of stage 2A. The DoES information will be reviewed and decisions made by the ETB team as to how to progress the project to the next stage and work on this is commencing immediately.
Thanks to all of those who have been raising awareness of the delays with the process. Please continue to raise awareness of the need for an extension and refurbishment works in the College through all appropriate channels. Our Transition Year students are taking to social media as part of an awareness raising project about the school extension.
The new building and extension will include a full sized Gym and Fitness Suite, a Library, new specialist Art, Science, Home Economics, Technology, Design and Communications Graphics and Computer rooms and additional general classrooms, locker areas and storage areas. An improved student entrance area and refurbished office with a dedicated parent meeting room are also on the plans. It will also involve a traffic management solution including a drop-off area within the school grounds which should help to resolve some of the ongoing traffic issues at the school gates.
Our students deserve a building that matches the quality of education they receive and that meets the needs of a modern second level student in a rapidly changing world.
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.
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:-
- Seek to immediately authorise the project to progress to Stage 2A
- Seek to expedite the preparation and submission of the planning application, preferably no later than Spring 2016
- Confirm that the target opening date of September 2018 will be met
- 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,
Department of education - Minister Jan O’Sullivan: email@example.com
Our 6th year students are busy preparing for the Leaving Cert written exams in June while still managing to cope very well with current Irish language orals.
The French and German orals and music practicals went very smoothly. Upcoming art, engineering and construction practicals and the LCVP exam will be happening within the next 2 weeks. Best of luck to all.
Noises and dust are emanating from our senior toilets as work finally begins on our toilet refurbishment. Work will move from one toilet block to another over the next few months until we have brand new and up to date facilities in place for staff and students. The patience of the school community is much appreciated as the work is in progress.