€15m in school projects in Ross
A total of €15m has been allocated to school building projects in the New Ross district.
Work is well under way on Colaiste Abbain's new €5.5m extension, while work is due to begin on the €8m new twin primary school for New Ross this Spring.
The New Ross plan sees the present three primary schools - CBS Primary ; Michael Street Boys N.S. and St. Joseph's Girls' National School amalgamate into two modern co-ed schools.
In late December funding was arranged for a new school for Poulfur NS, which will replace the existing building.
The site for the New Ross school buildings is between St Mary's Secondary School and Kennedy Park GAA grounds and access will be from the Bawnmore Road.
Plans for the new schools have been in place since 1996. The junior school will cater for boys and girls from junior infants to second class, while the senior school will cater for boys and girls from third to sixth class.
Work began on a €5.5 million extension to Colaiste Abbain last Autumn after 17 years of false dawns.
Principal Senan Lillis said the extension will effectively mean a new school for the area, which will double its capacity.
'Work is progressing at a fantastic rate. Our moving in date to the new building is January 4, 2016 but we may be in beforehand and then they will come into the building and refurbish what can be refurbished and remove the rest.'
The works at Poulfur NS will see the total refurbishment of some of the existing 1944 school and an extension to include a PE hall. The total area will cover 3,950 square meters - 2,900 square metres of which will be newly built.
The new school will be built on the current school pitch which will allow for school to continue as normal during construction.
The two storey school will comprise of six mainstream classrooms, a P.E. Hall, Resource and Learning Support rooms, Staffroom, Library and various offices and ancillary rooms.