A public consultation exercise is under way following the publication of plans to merge Monkstown Community School and Newtownabbey Community High.
The North Eastern Education and Library Board this week published three development proposals relating to the creation of a new post-primary school in the area for young people aged 11 - 19 years.
A spokesperson explained: “The North Eastern Education and Library Board has decided to publish three Development Proposals for Newtownabbey Community High School and Monkstown Community School week beginning Monday, October 14, 2013.
“The proposals being put forward are: the discontinuance of Monkstown Community School to facilitate the establishment of a new controlled school; the discontinuance of Newtownabbey Community High School to facilitate a new controlled school; the establishment of a new controlled post-primary school.”
Under the plans, it’s likely that the new school will be located at the existing Monkstown School site and will open in September 2014.
Indeed, in response to rumours about the future of the Bridge Road school, the chairman of Monkstown’s board of governors recently wrote to parents, saying: “Although pleased that the proposal is to locate the new school on the Monkstown site we are aware that the consultation process has to run its course and once this is completed we can then forge ahead with the detailed planning around the establishment of the new school.”
The Board has stressed that a decision still hasn’t been made regarding the location of the new school.
“This opens a two month public consultation period inviting members of the public to provide comments and suggestions to the Minister of Education on the proposed plans.
“The Minister of Education will determine whether to accept or reject the proposals. No decision will be made until the Minister has given his approval,” the spokesperson added.