BUILDING WAS A ‘WASTE OF MONEY’
AFTER years of struggling in an inadequate ‘temporary’ school building, the principal of Rush and Lusk Educate Together National School says the school community is ‘delighted’ that the Department of Education has finally listened to its pleas as plans are underway to demolish the current school she says was a ‘waste’ of public money and build a new one, scheduled to open in 2019.
Nine years and €900,000 worth of repairs later, the current school is completely safe and according to the principal ‘probably the most fire compliant building in the world at this stage’ but it is still inadequate for the school’s needs.
‘The classrooms are a substandard size and the soundproofing is appalling and just from a school operational point of view, it’s difficult,’ school principal, Patricia Hurley explained.
It was hoped the new school would be delivered by next year but when one of the contractors pulled out of the project, it was re-tendered, pushing the opening date for the new school back to the summer of 2019.
But when the school moved into the current ‘temporary building’ the understanding was it would be their home for just three to five years.
By the time the school moves into their new home, it will be 11 years in this ‘temporary accommodation’.
The school principal, Patricia Hurley spoke to the Fingal Independent and questioned the whole model of constructing temporary buildings for new schools, that we have seen time and again in Fingal, turning into much longer-term solutions.
She said the money spent on the temporary school has been a ‘waste of tax-payers’ money’.
She told the Fingal Independent: ‘It has been an awful waste of public taxpayers money. What’s got lost in all of this stuff, which is quite annoying from my point of view, is that public money was used to build this in the first place.’
The school principal said that with just two more school years to go in the troubled building, she is looking forward to a bright new era for the school.
She said: ‘The whole school community is delighted that the Department of Education has at last listened to us and decided to give us a state-of-the art new building.’ That new building will be built next to the current school, on the site that currently forms the school car park.
When the new school is ready to be occupied, the current ‘temporary’ building will finally be demolished after 11 years.