Public meeting to fight Salesian School closure

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The Salesian School in Fernbank is earmarked for closure by 2015
A PUBLIC meeting over the plans to close the Salesian Secondary School is to be held next Monday night in Limerick city.

A PUBLIC meeting over the plans to close the Salesian Secondary School is to be held next Monday night in Limerick city.

Parents, teachers, students and local representatives are invited to the event, which gets under way at 7.45pm and will be held in the Ardhu Ryan on the Ennis Road.

Organised by local Fianna Fail representative Joe Crowley, the meeting has been arranged in opposition to the closure of the Fernbank School, and its merger with St Nessan’s College.

In September 2015, a new school, the St John Bosco Community College will open on the site of St Nessan’s, with the all-girls Salesian Secondary School closing on its 60th anniversary.

Parents have been left devastated by the news, and next Monday’s meeting marks the start of a fightback against the proposals, which were rubber-stamped at a meeting of the City Educational Training Board (formerly the City VEC).

It is understood that a number of ideas were floated, including a merger with another school on the northside, Ard Scoil Ris.

Mr Crowley said there is hope Salesians should close to new students now, and allow all existing students at complete their education there before it closes.

He said the biggest concern for parents now is cost.

“Parents are concerned about the cost of changing their children’s uniforms. I am concerned about the staff members. They will be redeployed, but they themselves may end up at a school they don’t want to be at,” he said. “Then there is security staff and cleaning staff. They are worried they may be out of work. There are a lot of unanswered questions.”

Speaking on Friday, 12-year-old student Justina Giedroic said: “We all want to stay at the Salesians. We don’t want to move schools: we want to be with our own people from the Salesians. We have made friends here.”