The following matters were discussed at a meeting of Leitrim VEC members on May 23.
Sympathy was expressed to Acting CEO Martin Fallon and his family on the recent passing of his father. The meeting was adjourned for a few minutes and a silent prayer was said. Sympathy was also expressed to Chairperson Damian Brennan on the death of his aunt. Mr Fallon thanked the members for their support and patience.
Martin Fallon informed members that a few PLC courses have been approved but until they have confirmation of allocated numbers, they cannot confirm them. The members decided to try and get “expressions of interest” from students and those who would like to complete the courses so they can send interested numbers to the Department of Education.
Leitrim VEC approved the provision of €900 to each of the vocational schools for annual school prizes. They also provided €900 to each school for Gaeltacht scholarships and a further €950 for European language scholarships to each of the five vocational schools. The committee also agreed for schools to provide €1,200 for Summer Assistant Caretakers jobs to students in each of the schools.
Leitrim VEC endorsed and sanctioned the role of Deputy Principal in Carrigallen Vocational School to Fionnuala McMorrow. The VEC heard that there were 27 applications for the job and Ms McMorrow, who was a Guidance teacher and Assistant Principal was selected. Acting CEO Martin Fallon and the VEC members wished Fionnuala well in her new role.
Mohill school pitch
Cllr Enda Stenson again raised the subject of a school pitch at Mohill Community College. He said following on from ladies and boys Connacht titles, the pitch at Mohill College is more important. He said “it wouldn’t take €100,000” to turn it into a playing pitch.
It was announced that a new Autism unit has been approved for Drumshanbo Vocational School. Ballinamore Vocational School has also launched their new E-portal system which was called a “major IT development.”
The members also heard that Mohill Community College has earned its first green flag.
Best Wishes in exams
Cllr Mary Bohan and the members of Leitrim VEC wished all exam students in vocational schools in Leitrim good luck in upcoming exams.