GREEN LIGHT FOR SCHOOL EX­TEN­SIONS

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

FIVE County Wick­low schools are set to grow hav­ing been ap­proved for fund­ing for ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion, with an ad­di­tional nine schools ben­e­fit­ing from emer­gency works, mainly over the summer months.

The ap­proved schools for ex­ten­sions are: Do­mini­can Col­lege, Wick­low town, which will have three science labs added to its cam­pus, along with a De­sign Com­mu­ni­ca­tions room with two science labs to be con­verted into class­rooms; East Glen­dalough School, Wick­low town is in line for re­fur­bish­ment of its Home Eco­nom­ics room; St Michaels and St Peters Jnr School, Ark­low, which will see a room con­ver­sion to cre­ate an ASD unit; re­fur­bish­ment at Marino School in Bray will cre­ate a new main­stream class­room and the new build of a main­stream class­room in­clud­ing en­suite toi­lets; and two new spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion needs class­rooms will be built at Carnew NS, Carnew.

In ad­di­tion, the fol­low­ing Wick­low schools have been ap­proved for emer­gency works: Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether NS (me­chan­i­cal works), Gael­cholaiste na Mara (struc­tural im­prove­ments), Hol­ly­wood NS (me­chan­i­cal works), Cool­fancy NS, Ti­na­hely (roof works), Gle­nart Col­lege, Ark­low (Spe­cial Needs Projects), Realt na Mara NS in Brit­tas Bay (me­chan­i­cal works); St Joseph’s NS (other struc­tural im­prove­ments), SN Padraig Naofa (roof works) and St Brigids NS, An­nacurra (struc­tural im­prove­ments).

Fine Gael Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle wel­comed the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills fund­ing of the schools’ projects, say­ing: ‘I am very pleased to re­port that the de­part­ment has ap­proved a large num­ber of schools for ex­tra class­rooms, which will re­sult in ex­tra space and re­sources for the pupils and teach­ers. De­tailed letters will is­sue to school au­thor­i­ties, prin­ci­pals or boards of man­age­ment to no­tify them of the grant and the work that is to be car­ried out.’

De­scrib­ing the fund­ing as a good out­come for these schools which de­serve praise for the level of work they would have in­vested in putting their ap­pli­ca­tion to­gether, he said: ‘This is also tes­ta­ment to the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to in­vest­ing in all our coun­ties. We need to see this in­vest­ment con­tinue into all our ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties and in­sti­tu­tions in Ire­land South, right up to third level,’ he added.

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