Crucial meeting tonight on future of Brollagh school

St. Mary’s High School, Brollagh

A PUBLIC meeting is being held tonight (Wednesday) as the fight to save St Mary’s High School Brollagh steps up a gear. 
Tonight’s meeting takes place at 8pm at St Mary’s High School, Brollagh and everyone is invited to attend.
The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) has announced it is to close St Mary’s, which has a current enrolment of 84, at the end of this academic year. 
Despite this, local people are determined to do all they can to keep the school open.
A spokesman for the parents council of St Mary’s High School told the Herald: “The meeting is open to everyone in the wider community. We are hoping to look at possible ways forward if we can get the closure stopped. The school is a vital element of the community and people strongly feel that the CCMS are only closing the school due to financial reasons because they need these children to fill the places in Enniskillen schools which they have not been able to fill. As far as they are concerned the children represent pound signs.”
The school is facing its third proposal in nine years to close and if accepted the school will close by August 31st 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. 
The spokesman continued: “The parents are trying to find a way to move forward so we are hoping to have various speakers here on the night about the options that are open to us and trying to get this proposal kicked out. 
“We are just gaging the level of support to keep the school at some level, may that be a cross border school, a satellite school or a integrated school. We want to find out what public opinion is, and how much support there is. Everyone is welcome to attend, pupils, teachers and anybody in the community.”

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