137. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17171/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question submitted an application for additional accommodation. The application will be considered and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed.
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138. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision on an application by a school (details supplied) will be made; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that if a decision is not forthcoming the school will have no other option but to begin implementing student caps from 2019 onwards; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that a phased development plan for this application would be possible; if an official in his Department will make contact with the school to discuss the matter further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17173/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to confirm to the Deputy that an application seeking significant levels of additional accommodation has been received from the school referred to.
The application is currently being considered and a decision will be advised to the school authorities shortly.
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162. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Mayo has had its application for additional accommodation declined; if he is satisfied with the reasons provided for the refusal; the way in which the conclusion was reached regarding future enrolment trends; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17333/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school referred to applied to my Department in February seeking additional accommodation in respect of the appointment of an additional mainstream teacher.
Based on the projected enrolments in the area concerned and the anticipated future enrolment trends, it is envisaged that enrolments in the school planning area have peaked and are expected to decline in the short term. In that context, my Departm...

93. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for works by a school (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16926/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question submitted an application for additional accommodation. The application will be considered and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed.
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330. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if in order to qualify for future capital funding for a school, such as summer works or capital works, that the school must have provision for special education needs including autism; and if so, the way in which he plans to reconcile the existing infrastructure and staffing deficit within schools to meet this requirement. (Question 15091/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that it is not mandatory that schools make provision for special needs including autism, in order to qualify for capital funding, including Summer Works Scheme funding. The provision of special education facilities is dependent on the demand and existing provision in an area.
Where additional accommodation is required, it is open to all schools to submit an application to the Department for consideration. Appl...

358. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding two projects at a primary school (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 15392/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is planned to carry out one project at the school to which the Deputy refers which would encapsulate traffic management issues as necessary and if possible.
Funding was originally allocated to the school under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2014 to provide 4 mainstream classrooms, 2 SET rooms and a WC for assisted users.
The school subsequently sought an increase in funding to address traffic management issues. The d...

385. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 243 of 20 January 2018, the status of the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15580/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that the school in question has recently provided further information to my Department in relation to the application for additional accommodation. This will now be considered and a decision on the application will be conveyed to the school authority when the assessment process has been completed.
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407. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the schools for which new prefab rentals were arranged during the course of 2017, in tabular form. (Question 15818/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the information requested is currently being compiled by my Department and will be furnished to him shortly.
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411. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for funding for the construction of a classroom which is required as a matter of urgency for a school (details supplied). (Question 15901/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the school to which he refers has recently been approved funding under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme to provide 1 mainstream classroom with en-suite facilities and 1 WC for assisted users at their school. 
The school has been informed of my Department’s decision.
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426. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the additional accommodation application by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16101/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation at the school referred to by the Deputy.
The application is currently being considered and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process is completed.
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427. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for additional accommodation by a school (details supplied); the timeframe for a decision on this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16102/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy. The application will be considered as soon as possible and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as this process has been completed.
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428. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for additional accommodation by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16153/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school in question.
The application will be assessed and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed. 
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429. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an appeal for additional funding for a second home economics room by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16156/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has received correspondence from the school in question relating to a home economics room.
In this regard, my Department has sought additional information from the school authority and once this is received and considered, a decision will be conveyed to the school.
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430. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16277/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy.
The application is being considered and my Department has been in recent contact with the school authority in this regard. A decision on the application will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process has been completed.
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434. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps that have been taken to meet the temporary accommodation requirements of a school (details supplied) in County Cork for the 2018-19 school year; the timeframe for the progression of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16284/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The project for the school referred to by the Deputy has been devolved to the patron body, Educate Together, for delivery.
A planning application has been submitted for temporary school accommodation which will consist of 12 classrooms with en-suite toilets, staffroom, 4 learning support rooms, Principals office, administration office, to accommodate and consolidate the school on one site for September 2018.  
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435. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been issued by his Department, following nationwide demographic exercises, that will determine the locations in which additional school accommodation will be needed in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16301/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide, demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure.
In addition to the new schools a...

458. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a permanent extension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16411/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was approved a grant under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2017 to provide a resource room.  
Additional funding was approved by my Department in February 2018 following a submission from the school and the scope of works was increased to bring the overall level of accommodation to be provided to 2 resource rooms.
The school reverted to my Department in March 2018 requesting approval ...

459. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for additional school accommodation due to a growth in roll numbers; if funding will be granted for the installation and rental of two prefabricated buildings to accommodate two extra classes from 1 September 2018 for the 2018/2019 academic year until a permanent solution is agreed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16412/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy.
My Department has requested additional information from the school authority relating to the application and once this is received and considered, a decision will be conveyed to the school.
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460. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for an extension and associated building works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16413/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received an application for additional accommodation from the school referred to by the Deputy.
The application will be assessed and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process is completed.
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468. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has received a capital funding application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the project involves the inclusion of accommodation and facilities for children with additional needs; the timeframe for the processing of the application and commencement of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16635/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that an application for additional accommodation was submitted by the school referred to by the Deputy to provide accommodation to facilitate children with special educational needs.
Approval in principle has been sanctioned for a devolved grant under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme.  The site development is complex and, in that regard, a project brief is nearing completion. Once completed, my Department will mak...

479. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the revised plans for a school (details supplied) in County Kildare have been received, examined and approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16791/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department approved funding for the provision of 2 additional classrooms at the school in question together with a contribution towards the conversion of existing accommodation to a multi-purpose room.  
An updated Stage 2a submission (detailed design) and an updated cost plan for the project was received in February, 2018 and my Department has since approved the project to proceed to planning application stage.
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8. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has assessed the need for a second level school for the City West and Saggart area in Dublin which takes into account the existing and future needs of the local community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14375/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, in order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. My Department uses a Geographical Information System to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. This system uses data from a range of sources.  Where demographic data indicates that additional provision is required, the delivery ...

14. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the demographic review taking place on the need for additional secondary school places in south County Kildare; the progress being made on planned secondary school extensions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14423/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, in order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas.  My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from a range of sources, including the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department o...

19. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the prefab replacement programme to which his Department has committed is on track and meeting the targets on time and in line with the expectations as expressed by the relevant school management authorities at primary and second level throughout the country and in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14456/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: This question is similar to the last and relates to the extent to which the programme to replace prefabs is ongoing throughout the country, especially in County Kildare.
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28. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for funding by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14270/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department has received an application from the school in question for additional accommodation.
The application will be assessed and a decision will be conveyed to the school authority as soon as the assessment process is completed
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