Limerick’s Salesian School to stay open extra year

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The Salesian Secondary School is to stay open for an extra year following a decision by councillors this Wednesday
THE Salesian Secondary School in Fernbank is to remain open for an extra year, the Limerick Leader can reveal.

THE Salesian Secondary School in Fernbank is to remain open for an extra year, the Limerick Leader can reveal.

The all-girls school was expected to close in June 2015 and merge with St Nessan’s School in Moylish.

But the decision proved deeply unpopular with parents and staff.

Now, at a meeting of the Limerick and Clare Educational and Training Board (ETB), a plan to keep the school open for an extra year was accepted.

The Salesian Secondary School will now close in June 2016.

This means the transition year students in the school at present will see out their Leaving Certificate, while all first years and up will do their Junior Certificate at the school.

Cllr Michael Hourigan, a member of the ETB, welcomed the extension, which was suggested by the board’s chief executive Sean Bourke.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail northside representative Joe Crowley said he believes that the outcry from parents over the closure - which saw more than 200 attend a public meeting - is one of the reasons for the move.

He said: “I think it has to be to do with the meting we held on that Monday night, and the strong reaction the media had, and the open night which was a walkout by parents who really voiced their frustrations at why the people involved did not bring it to light earlier.”

Southside Fine Gael councillor Maria Byrne added: “It will help those in exam classes to finish their exams. So it is a positive move.”