There is dismay amongst staff and parents at the news that St Joseph’s Outreach Class in Mohill will close at the end of this school year.
The class which teaches special needs children locally has been operating since 2001 as an outreach service from Sligo’s St Joseph’s School. The class was previously located in Drumshanbo and moved to the old Marian College, Mohill in 2010.
The Patron Body of the school, North West Parents and Friends, announced the closure to the Leitrim Observer this week.
In a statement they said, “It is no longer sustainable to manage this campus located 45 miles from its Sligo base school in premises which are inadequate. North West Parents and Friends are satisfied that the educational, health, safety and welfare interests of the five children presently on the roll at Mohill would be best catered for in an inclusive environment at a more appropriate venue to ensure their educational advancement.”
They said, “Parents have been informed so that they can make appropriate arrangements for their children from September 2014. North West Parents and Friends wish the children and their parents all the best for the future.”
It is understood that numbers in the class have fallen recently and are expected to fall further. Alternative placements for students are being sought and will be discussed at a meeting shortly.