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Call for action on Quin school extension

THE Board of Management at Scoil na Mainistreach in Quin has highlighted the pressing need for the national school to be extended and has urged for the Department of Education to make this move sooner rather than later.Despite lodging an application for an extension with the department in 2001 and following this up with a detailed application in 2005 outlining projected enrolment figures up to 2014, the school remains on the to-do list.With numbers having jumped dramatically from 148 pupils in 2005 to 224 this year and with projected enrolment at 250 for September, school principal Anne Fitzpatrick is concerned that temporary prefabs are no longer sustainable.“Small schools have received devolved grants and we would ask the department to grant these devolved grants to medium-sized schools. We are in a situation where our only option is to wait in this queue. It’s very frustrating that we have to operate in substandard and cramped conditions. We need to do this for …

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