Two Laois schools to lose teachers

ST Abban’s NS, Killeen and Rathdowney NS are to lose a mainstream teaching post in September as a consequence of budget measures.

ST Abban’s NS, Killeen and Rathdowney NS are to lose a mainstream teaching post in September as a consequence of budget measures.

Seventy-three small primary schools were originally due to lose a classroom teacher following the budget measure to increase relevant pupil thresholds.

However, the Primary Staffing Appeals Board has met twice and upheld appeals from forty-one schools (subject to their actual enrolment next month).

And the bad news for St Abban’s and Rathdowney is that they are among the thirty-two schools that failed to gain a reprieve.

The final meeting of the Primary Staffing Appeals Board will be held in October.

A spokesperson from the Department of Education and Skills outlined, “In these extremely challenging times, all public servants are being asked to deliver our public services on a reduced level of resources and teachers in small schools cannot be immune from this requirement.”

She added, “The final staffing position for all schools will ultimately not be known until the autumn. At that stage the allocation process will be fully completed and all appeals to the Staffing Appeals Board will have been considered.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday last, August 16, Laois County Council granted conditional planning permission to the Board of Management of Ballyroan Boys National School to construct a single storey prefabricated structure comprising of one classroom and ancillary toilets and all other ancillary site works.

And in late July, planning permission with ten conditions attached was granted for the construction of an extension at Castletown National School.