The Chairman of the Interim Board of Management for the new secondary school in Athlone says they do not know of any potential job losses.

Frank Smith was reacting to an article published today’s Irish Independent which claims there are concerns that up to 12 teachers jobs are at risk as a result of the amalgamation.

 

Planning is continuing for the amalgamation of St Aloysius and St Joseph’s college in September of this year.

Frank Smith says the school will cater for 1000 students, rather than the 800 spoken about in the article and they have already been told by the Department of Education that there will be no redeployment from either school for the 2017/2018 school term.

The article in today’s paper states that some members of the ASTI are staring redundancy in the face if the union rejects that latest proposals on pay and Junior cycle reform, and that the issue has come to a head with the situation in Athlone where two schools are being amalgamated into one.

While the Union President Ed Byrne is quoted in the article talking about the national situation and a ballot on the latest proposals this month, an statement from the ASTI press office says that the union does not comment on individual issues in schools.

It says it is working closely with teachers in both schools, and that the amalgamation arrangements are not yet complete, so it is not in a position to comment further.

 

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