DEERING welcomes Blueprint for the future of Muinebheag Vocational School.

10th June, 2016

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has welcomed this weeks announcement from Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB) that they have adopted the report of Muinebheag Vocational School Task Force.

The Chair of the Task Force Dr Joe O’Connell presented the report to the board at a meeting on Wednesday 8th June. Staff and representatives of the parents’ association were briefed immediately after the board meeting.

“I think most people realise that the school is neither viable or sustainable with 10 or 12 new students enrolling in September. The Task Force has set a clear target of around 30 students which represents 15 – 17% of 6th class school leavers in the local area over the next three years. A target of 20 students has been set for September 2017.

“At least we now know what has to happen to ensure that the school remains open. The School Management, Board of Management, Parents Association and the whole community will have to work together for the future of the school and the long term benefit of the community.