Cavan Fianna Fáil Councillor, John Paul Feeley has congratulated the people of Glangevlin on attending in such large numbers at a special meeting to discuss the implications of Government Cuts on Curravagh National School and on small primary schools.
“The gathering of parents, Board of Management members and the wider community in Glan Hall gives a very clear message that this community is determined to fight for Curravagh National School,” Cllr Feeley told the Leitrim Observer.
“Small Rural Schools are facing an uncertain future as a result of major changes to the staffing schedule, increasing the pupil teacher ratio and making it more and more difficult for small schools to survive. In addition the Capitation Grant for these schools has been severely cut also,” he said.
“The local school is at the very heart of the community. It is where children learn a sense of place, the customs of the area, their neighbours. It is more than simply a place for learning in the academic sense.
In addition the closure of small schools will place demands on other schools for more accommodation and increased transportation cost. It will cost the Government more money.”