CMETB respond to claims that local groups were not informed about new school plans

Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board has responded to claims it didn’t consult with local groups about plans for a new school.

Earlier this week, the Department of Education confirmed that it approved plans for a new secondary school in Ballyconnell.

Under the proposal, St Bricin’s College in Belturbet and St Mogues in Bawnboy will be amalgamated.

Reacting to the news, some groups said they were not properly consulted except for a letter circulated six months ago.

In a statement to Northern Sound News, CMETB said it arranged a schedule of consultation with a number of local groups.

It said some meeting requests were declined, but all responses were included in submissions to the Department.

CMETB added that throughout the consultation process, the Chief Executive was made available to discuss the amalgamation.

CMETB arranged the following Schedule of Consultation Meetings regarding the amalgamation of St Mogue’s College and St Bricin’s College. This schedule included communication with the following groups:

St Mogue’s College Board of Management
St Bricin’s College Board of Management
Ballyconnell National School
Ballyconnell Development Association
St Mogue’s College Parents’ Association
St Bricin’s College Parents’ Association
Parents of Pupils from within the St Mogue’s College and St Bricin’s College catchment area attending other schools outside the catchment area
St Mogue’s College Community Groups
St Bricin’s College Community Groups

Some of these meeting requests were declined, with CMETB receiving responses to the Architectural Assessment that was conducted on St Bricin’s College and St Mogue’s College. All submissions that were received were submitted in full to the Department of Education and Skills by CMETB.

Throughout the consultation process, the Chief Executive of CMETB frequently confirmed his ongoing availability to discuss the proposed amalgamation of the two schools.