Deadline for new Limerick city school bids passes

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Deadline for new Limerick city school bids passes

The former Mungret College site is the location for two new schools - one primary and one secondary

THE deadline on expressions of interest for patronage of Limerick’s two new secondary schools passed this Wednesday.

Three parties, it is understood, are formally seeking to run the new 600-student post-primary schools in Mungret and Castletroy.

Educate Together (ET), the catholic church and the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) have all bid to run each school.

Each group have been holding campaign events over the last few weeks to persuade parents to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to a particular party.

This in effect, is a statement to say they will be happy to send their child to a particular school.

The focus now switches to the Department of Education who will make the final decision on who runs which schools.

But the government body will be guided by how many expressions of interest from parents that each bid presents.

Last minute campaigning has been taking place ahead of the deadline which fell at midnight Wednesday.

The group advocating Educate Together secondary schools was giving out leaflets in the Crescent Shopping Centre last Saturday, while the LCETB have been making last minute appeals to parents in Castletroy and Raheen/Dooradoyle to secure their support.

George O’Callaghan, the chief executive of the Educational and Training Board said: “Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board has a proven track record in post primary education across Limerick and Clare.  We currently operate 18 schools that are attended by over 9,000 students and we are very keen to bring our educational heritage to both these new schools as well.”

Educate Together schools differ from schools run by the church or the LCETB in that they welcome children regardless of denomination, where they live. Decisions are sought democratically with the views of teachers, students and parents all carrying an equal weight.

The school in Mungret is set for a September 2017 opening, with the Castletroy facility following in 2018.