New school plan for St Catherine’s

June 2001

Bray People - - NEWS -

A Wick­low ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity for chil­dren with dis­abil­ity is set to get an all new school

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has agreed to build an all new school at St Catherine’s in New­cas­tle, de­cid­ing that it is more eco­nomic to build a com­pletely new school premises than to re­fur­bish and ex­tend the ex­ist­ing school premises in New­cas­tle.

The Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Michael Martin an­nounced fund­ing for the new premises for St Catherine’s, which caters for moder­ately and se­verely hand­i­capped chil­dren, last week.

He said that the depart­ment had de­cided that it would be more eco­nom­i­cal to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing school and build a new school on the site.

A de­sign team has been ap­pointed and work on pre­par­ing de­signs for the plan­ning process will com­mence shortly.

The news has been wel­comed by Deputy Mil­dred Fox, who said that: ‘St Catherine’s has for many years pro­vided a su­perb ed­u­ca­tional ser­vice for the county.

‘It has been ap­par­ent for some time now that the ex­ist­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion is no longer suf­fi­cient and I am de­lighted to hear that a new build­ing will be pro­vided.

‘I hope that this project pro­ceeds quickly and that the min­i­mum of dis­rup­tion is caused to staff and pupils while the works are be­ing car­ried out,’ Deputy Fox said.

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