Dáil Éireann - Volume 540 - 04 July, 2001
Written Answers. - School Staffing.
Mr. S. Ryan Mr. S. Ryan
262. Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will approve the retention of the thirteenth mainstream teacher at St. Theresa's national school, Balbriggan, County Dublin. [20467/01]
Dr. Woods Dr. Woods
Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): The staffing of a primary school is determined by reference to the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school  year. The actual number of mainstream posts sanctioned is determined by reference to a staffing schedule and is finalised for a particular year following discussions with the education partners. The enrolment at the school in question has decreased from 380 pupils on 30 September 1999 to 357 pupils on 30 September 2000. This latter enrolment will entitle the school to a staffing of a principal and 12 mainstream class teachers for the 2001/02 school year. In addition, the school has a special class teacher and a resource teacher.
The only deviation from the agreed schedule to which I referred is in the case of schools which are experiencing a large increase in enrolments. In such cases an additional staffing post may be sanctioned by my Department if the schools meets the defined criteria. I have asked officials of my Department to make contact with the school authorities to discuss with them the staffing needs of this school.
Dáil Éireann 540 Written Answers. School Staffing.