CETB to unveil plan for Carrigtwohill schools

CETB to unveil plan for Carrigtwohill schools
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE Cork Education and Training Board is expected to table a three-year plan for a long-awaited Carrigtwohill school development by the end of January 2020.

While parents in the area are hopeful of progress, they warned that if a plan is not presented by the end of next month, they could be forced to take to the streets again.

Delays have riddled a project which would see Carrigtwohill Community College, Scoil Chlíodhna Community National School and Scoil Mhuire Naofa move to one central campus in the heart of Carrigtwohill, to the frustration of parents in the region.

Carrigtwohill Community College is currently occupying a former office block and recently installed prefabs amid delays to a proposed three-school campus in the area that was promised in 2012.

The Echo recently revealed that more than 30 school children in Carrigtwohill were warned there may not be a place for them at the local secondary school next year due to capacity issues.

Concerned Carrigtwohill parents met with the CETB before Christmas to voice their concerns and get answers.

Lorraine O’Connell, a spokesperson for the Carrigtwohill Schools Community Group, said:

“The current accommodation that the students are occupying was slow to arrive and it lacks basics such as bathrooms and a social area. The CETB has guaranteed a new build on a phased basis and we were told at the meeting that they would present a plan by the end of January 2020,” she added. “It’s far from great but it is different to what we’ve experienced so far. We’ll be another three years waiting for the campus to be completed and three years is a long time for the children who are having to put up with the current facilities.

“It’s good to finally get this level of communication and to be told that a plan will be in place by the end of January 2020. But if they don’t come back with that plan by then, we will have to look at our options, including taking to the streets again.”

Ms O’Connell said the CETB has hired an auctioneer to locate any temporarily vacant spaces in Carrigtwohill that could be put to use by the school.

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