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MLA expresses solidarity with Arvalee School Community

Published: 1 September, 2012

West Tyrone MLA and member of the Western Education and Library Board, Declan Mc Aleer has expressed his solidarity and support with the Arvalee school community as they begin the process of rebuilding their school after a devastating fire gutted their premises. According to Mr Mc Aleer 'I spent several hours at the scene this morning where I met parents, pupils and staff who are all devastated. 'This is a terrible loss to the entire community, particularly for the 103 pupils who are getting ready to return this week after the summer break. 'Arvalee School has been at the heart of the Omagh community and the messages of support and offers of help have been flooding in since news of the devastating fire became public in the early hours of this morning. 'This is very heartening and no doubt will be a source of comfort for the Arvalee school community as they begin the process of getting the provision up and running again. 'I am also heartened by the fact that the Education Minister, John O Dowd, personally visited Arvalee this afternoon to lend his support to the school during this terrible time. The Ministers support combined with the efforts of the WELB and the wider community will hopefully see the school re-open again in the not too distant future'.