BOM Meeting Thursday 6th February 2014
Ballycanew National School
The staff level at present consists of 10 teachers, 6 SNA’s, 3 visiting learning support/resource teachers from neighbouring schools and 3 job bridge personnel. Staff will increase by two teachers and four SNA’s when the ASD unit is built and fully operational.
Mary Kirwan Doyle informed the board that she was extending her maternity leave by four weeks unpaid leave. She returns to work on the 28th April 2014.
The proposed design for the ASD unit was sanctioned and approved for submission to planning. The plan will be displayed in the school asap. The funding for this building will be 100% grant aided by the DES.
The Treasurer’s report indicates that running costs in relation to utilities have increased substantially over the past year which has put increased pressure on the overall budget. The debt left after the school extension has reduced from €100,000 down to €60,000. €10,000 is repaid each year. The BOM appreciates the generous support of the local community. The BOM welcomed the return of the Minor Works Grant to the school.
The school staff will have attended over 20 professional development courses during the school year.These courses are selected by teachers voluntarily on order to upskill to support the needs of the children in the school.
The pupils of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes have signed up for Mathletics recently. This is a wonderful online maths programme for primary school and only costs €8 per pupil for a full year.
This forms part of the school plan to encourage children to develop their Maths skills.
An outline plan of the school’s IT requirements over the next 5 years was presented by the Prinicpal. The current outdated stock needs to be replaced with a combination of PC’s and tablets at an estimated cost of €10,000. Programmes covering typing and word processing and research as well as enhanced curricular access could be provided with such IT resources in place.