Parents to have their say on mooted merger

A public meeting will be held in The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Monday night, 2nd of April at 8.30 pm to discuss the future of second level education in Roscommon Town.   The meeting was called in the wake of recent speculation about a possible merger of local second level schools, the CBS and the Convent of Mercy Secondary School. Trustees of both schools have confirmed that talks on a possible merger have taken place recently.   A meeting of local parents representatives was held earlier this week in Roscommon Town and it was decided to seek the views of parents and interested parties from the general area – i.e. not just the town.   It is hoped to form a consensus of local opinion on the night and if there is a mood that the status quo be maintained, further action will be taken and an action committee will be formed.   A spokesperson for the organisers of the meeting told The Roscommon People: ‘We want to let the parents of the area have their say and if they want the schools to remain as they are then we have to take the matter further. If a one-school option is what the parents and people want then that’s fine too but we have to give people a chance to air their views.’   A committee will be set up following the meeting to take the matter further if needs be and there will be very few formal speeches on the night.   The meeting will be chaired by local journalist and broadcaster Seamus Duke and an invitation is being extended to the parents of all the primary schools in the region in particular whose children will be attending the Roscommon town schools in the future. It is thought that if any major change were to take place it would not become a reality for four or five years.   Parents of existing students in the schools are also asked to attend to make their views known.   ‘This will not be a political meeting. We want to get the views of local people, parents and teachers as to what should happen into the future in second level education in Roscommon town — everyone will have their say on the night’ concluded the spokesperson. More details here next week.