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Sligo Champion Sep 15th 1972
The dispute entered a new phase this week when the parents themselves appointed a temporary teacher and the children are now attending unofficial classes in the school.
Meanwhile, a bus service provided by the Department of Education to bring the children to a school in Grange is being ignored by the children, and only three pupils are using the service.
The Mountemple school was picketed by a number of parents and children on Friday morning last. It was then decided to appoint and pay a temporary teacher at full Department rates. Both the teacher and the children have been insured, mothers are helping to organise lunch breaks for the children and fathers have agreed to effect any minor repairs necessary in the school.
“We intend to adhere to this plan until such time as the Minister for Education receives a deputation from the parents”,
said a spokesman.
In 2007, the Department awarded emergency funding to the school to upgrade facilities and modernize the building. A local contribution of over 16,000 euro had to be raised by the parent body of the school to contribute towards these works. A major fundraising drive began and on the June Bank Holiday weekend, The ‘Push the Extension’ was held. Parents, staff, past-pupils and local community members collected money on the N15 for the duration of the weekend.
Building works started in September 2007. The school moved to the old primary school building in Grange from September to February.
Completion of new building
The newly refurbished building was opened in February 2008, by the then minister for education Mary Hanafin. The school had an additional classroom, a staff room and an office added to the existing building. The roof and heating system were completely replaced. New bathrooms were added also.