NEW SCHOOL TO BE BUILT NEXT YEAR
GREAT NEWS FOR WICKLOW EDUCATE TOGETHER SCHOOL
CONSTRUCTION of the new Wicklow Educate Together school in Wicklow town will begin next year.
Final planning permission has already been granted and the tendering process has also commenced.
The new building will consist of a ground floor and first floor.
Wicklow Educate Together National School was established in 2003 following a campaign by local parents. It is currently located in Marine House, the Murrough.
Minister of State, Simon Harris, has welcomed the announcement that construction is to begin in 2015.
‘I am delighted that a new building for Wicklow Educate Together National School is to begin in 2015. This will pro- vide much needed extra and modern accommodation for the pupils and staff. Nationally, the Government is spending €450 million on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year. These school projects will deliver over 27,800 perma- nent school places and of these over 23,700 are additional places. The remainder will be the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.’
On Thursday, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, announced that a total of 70 school projects were scheduled for construction in 2015. Wicklow Educate Together was the only Wicklow school included on the list. However, there are a number of education projects in Wicklow which got under way in 2014 and will continue into 2015.
These ongoing projects include a new school for St Catherine’s Special School in Newcastle; a new school for Gaelscoil An Inbhir Mor, Fernbank Park, Cemetery Road, An Tinbhear Mhoir and a new school for St Joseph’s and St Ernan’s in Rathnew.
St Brendan’s College in Bray is in line for a replacement school in 2015.
Looking forward to new schools are Arklow Community College, Coolgreaney Road, Arklow and Temple Carrig Secondary School in Greystones.
Speaking during the announcement, Minister O’Sullivan commented, ‘we have a pressing need to provide new schools and major extensions so as to continue to meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school going population.’
Pupils outside Wicklow Educate Together National School.