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Cloonloo National School, Co Sligo
Cloonloo National School, Co Sligo

Board of Management

The Board of Management manages the school on behalf of the patron and is accountable to the patron and the Minister of Education. The board must uphold the ethos of the school and is accountable to the patron for so doing. The Board of Management are  required to keep confidential all matters discussed at the meetings unless otherwise advised.  The term of each Board is 4 years. The current Board of Management commenced in December 2023 and will conclude on the 30th November 2027.


The Board of Management is made up of the following eight members:

  1. Two direct nominees of the patrons
  2. The principal of the school
  3. One other serving teacher on the staff of the school
  4. Two parents elected from parents of children who are enrolled and have commenced attendance at the school (one being a mother, the other a father)
  5. Two community nominees


Current Board of Management Members:

  • Fr. Joe Caulfield (Patron’s Nominee/Chairperson)
  • Gráinne Toolan (Patron’s Nominee)
  • Claire Conway (Community Nominee)
  • Padraig O’Gara (Community Nominee)
  • John Moore (Parent’s Nominee/Treasurer)
  • Nuala Toolan (Parent’s Nominee)
  • Maria Goretti Surlis (School Principal/Secretary)
  • Michelle Jordan (Teacher Nominee)


Functions of the Board of Management

Boards of Management are responsible for the direct government of schools. The duties of the Board of Management include the following:

  • The appointment of teachers and ancillary staff;
  • Approving school closures;
  • Approving teacher absences for a variety of reasons;
  • The appointment of teachers to deputy/principal and other posts of responsibility;
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation; 
  • Developing, implementing and reviewing school policies; 
  • Ensuring that schools are adequately insured and maintained.


Specific duties of the Chairperson of the Board of Management include;

  • Acting as a correspondent with the Department of Education and Skills and all outside bodies;
  • Presiding at Board of Management meetings;
  • Serving on the selection board for the appointment of teachers.


Our Board of Management work very hard in a voluntary capacity for the benefit of all the children in St. Ronan’s NS and it is very much appreciated by all.