Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

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.

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