New school plan for St Catherine’s
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.