The new chairperson of Donegal ETB says the challenges posed by MICA will be some of the biggest issues that the Schools, teachers, students and their parents will be facing in the year ahead.
Earlier this week, Cllr Barry Sweeney was confirmed as the new chairperson of the Donegal Education and Training Board.
Cllr Martin Harley was elected as the Vice Chair.
They replace outgoing Chairperson Cllr Albert Doherty and outgoing Deputy Chairperson Cllr Gary Doherty.
Donegal ETB is the largest education and training provider in the county. Along with its extensive Further Education and Training (FET) Service, it manages fifteen out of the twenty-seven post-primary schools in Co Donegal and is a trustee partner for a further eight Community and Comprehensive schools.
The ETB also provides outdoor education and training at its centre at Gartan, along with music education and has legal responsibilities for youth work.
The Board of Donegal ETB is made up of twelve elected representatives, two staff, two parents, two local industry and three sectoral interest representatives.
Barry Sweeney has identified the provision of additional apprentices as another key objective for his term in the role.
The Fine Gael Councillor says the Mica issue is impacting many families across the County.