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Progress in the planned new secondary school for Claregalway is being made. Officials from the Department of Education have already met with Galway Co Council to discuss site selection and a meeting to discuss the patronage of the school is to be held in the near future. It is widely expected that the VEC will take charge of the building project and run the new school as the indiction is that up to 90% of parents sounded out on the issue opted for the VEC as patron.

It is understood the Department of Education is anxious to move the project on as quickly as feasible and there is a possibility of the school opening in 2014 along with Athenry’s new VEC secondary school.

The progress has been welcomed by local TD Noel Grealish.

“Earlier this year the Department of Education and Skills accepted expressions of interest from local landowners interested in providing a site for the new school,” he said.

“A meeting has now taken place between officials from the Department of Education and senior staff from the Planning Department of Galway Co Council to discuss the submissions and for Galway Co Council to begin short-listing potentially potential sites.”

“It is hoped that this stage will be completed within the next couple of months and the Department of Education and Skills can then begin negotiations with landowners regarding site selection,” Deputy Grealish concluded.