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Written Answers - School Staffing

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 227.  Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the time frame for considering a submission and appeal in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny relative to the retention of a fourth mainstream class teacher and if he will expedite a response [16734/12]

 246.  Deputy Brendan Smith Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  when he expects the final staffing position for primary schools to be known taking into account the work of the appeals board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16944/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I propose to take Questions Nos. 227 and 246 together.

The closing date for submission of appeals for the April meeting of the Staffing Appeals Board was 23 March, 2012. The Appeals Board meeting will take place on Wednesday 18 April, 2012 which will be prior to the release of the main redeployment panel and allow for any impact of the Board’s decision on redeployment panels to be effected. Once the Appeals Board meeting has taken place schools will be notified of the outcome of their appeal.

Further meetings of the Appeals Board will be held as required in June and October, 2012. The Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final. The final staffing position for all schools will ultimately not be known until later in 2012. At that stage the allocation process will be fully completed and any appeals to the Staffing Appeal Board will have been considered.


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