Emmet Stagg
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Naas Community National School Secures Permanent Accommodation

Issued : Saturday 31 January, 2015
Areas : Naas

Deputy Emmet Stagg has welcomed confirmation from Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board that Naas Community National School have secured Permanent Accommodation for the Academic Year 2015/2016 at the School at Cradockstown, Naas, and will not have to return to prefab accommodation at Pipers Hill or anywhere else ever again.

This, stated Deputy Stagg, is great news for the Pupils, Teachers and Parents of the School which opened in 2010 with just 6 pupils and there are at present 220 pupils at the school.

The School will remain at Craddockstown until a new dedicated home is made available.

In a letter to Parents of the School the Chief Executive of KWETB Sean Ashe confirmed that the Department of Education had agreed that Naas Community National School could remain at Craddockstown for the 2015/2016 academic year and that the building would be divided between Naas Community National School and the new Naas Community College which starts in September 2015.

In effect this means that the school will now operate from a permanent building going forward.

Great credit is due to the Principal of Naas Community National School, Marianne Ui Fhoghlu, and the Principal of Naas Community College, Mr. Keegan, for agreeing to operate the schools on a shared basis at Craddockstown.

Deputy Stagg congratulated Sean Ashe and his team at KWETB on securing the agreement from the Department and praised David Finnegan and the other parents who campaigned for Kids in Decent Schools.

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22 November 2014 -  Permanent Recognition Granted for Naas Community National School

Deputy Emmet Stagg has been advised by the Minister for Education that Permanent Recognition has been granted to Naas Community National School who are normally based at Pipers Hill, Naas, but are currently temporarily located at the new school on Cradockstown Road, Naas. 

This stated Deputy Stagg is a significant move forward for the school and means that the School can now start to plan for the future with the most important being the provision of Permanent Buildings for the School. The 220 pupils of Naas Community National School are currently being taught in the school on the Craddockstown Road and will remain there until May or June next year whilst refurbishment works to existing prefabs and the provision of two new prefabricated classrooms is being undertaken at Pipers Hill.

In conclusion Deputy Stagg stated that he would meet with the Parents of pupils of the school to discuss how to progress matters.

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18th OCTOBER, 2014 - Naas Community National School Temporary Move to Craddockstown

Deputy Emmet Stagg has been raising the issue of the condition of the deteriorating prefabricated structures used to accommodate pupils of Naas Community National School and the delay in providing two additional prefabs for the school with the Minister for Education.

Deputy Stagg has now been advised that pupils from Naas Community National School will be moved to the new school on the Craddockstown Road on a temporary basis next week to allow for refurbishment works to the existing prefabs and the provision of two new prefabricated classrooms.

Whilst this will resolve accommodation issues in the short term the continued use of prefabs for educating the pupils canot continue. Deputy Stagg stated that Permanent Recognition must now be granted to the school and a plan must be put in place to ensure that the school is housed in permanent buildings.

In conclusion Deputy Stagg stated that he would raise the issue of Permanent Recognition further with the Minister for Education

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28th JUNE, 2014 - Additional Prefab Accommodation Approved for Pipers Hill Community National School

Deputy Emmet Stagg has been advised by the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn T.D. that he has approved additional Prefab Accommodation for Pipers Hill Community National School in Naas.

The Minister advised Deputy Stagg that he has sanctioned the provision of two additional  Prefabricated classrooms at the school to facilitate the continuing growth of the school. Pipers Hill Community National School opened in 2010 with just 6 children. By 2012 the school had 136 pupils and this year the school has nearly 200 pupils.

The accommodation now sanctioned will stated Deputy Stagg allow Pipers Hill Community National School to continue to develop in the delivery of Education where all faiths and none are accommodated.

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