Nine Kilkenny schools are being offered a chance to replace prefab and temporary classrooms with permanent accommodation, according to the Department of Education and Skills.
The schools include Lisdowney NS, St Michael’s NS in Danesfort, St Joseph’s GNS in Kilmacow, Skeoghvosteen NS, St Patrick’s NS in Kilmacow, St Brendan’s NS in Muckalee, St John’s Junior NS in Kilkenny city, St Nicholas NS in Windgap and Gaelscoil Osraí in Kilkenny city
The schools “have been offered an opportunity to replace rented prefabs with permanent accommodation. ... All of the schools have been contacted by my Department’s Planning and Building Unit,” Education Minister Ruairí Quinn told the Dáil.
The move is part of a €35 million initiative to replace prefabricated and temporary classroom accommodation.
Bunscoil McAuley Rice’s board of management is meanwhile seeking planning permission to demolish its temporary accommodation and build a 16-classroom building.
The Callan school is seeking permission for “demolition of the existing single and part two-storey school and single-storey prefab, construction of a new 16-classroom modified GRD two-storey school comprising of GP hall, sanitary accommodation, stores, staff areas and library, two ancillary out-buildings, one for oil storage and one for sports equipment storage. New car-parking layout and set down to the front, with associated site lighting. A bored-well, re-rendering of front boundary wall with new guard railing. To the rear, hard-play area with four ball-courts football playing field, with ball stops nets held on 18 meter high poles, 2.4m high weld mesh fence dividing courts and playing field, together with all associated site and drainage works.”