Barntown school gets green light
A TWENTY-YEAR wait is over for Barntown campaigners who have spent two decades trying to secure a new primary school.
With nine prefabs currently being utilised at the 287 pupil school, the announcement of a new school for Barntown is long overdue according to teaching staff, who have campaigned relentlessly to have facilities upgraded.
The green light for a new Scoil Mhuire was given on Monday by the Tanaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan under the Department's school building programme for 2011.
Under the plan Barntown can now proceed to formulate briefs and appoint a design team.
' We really welcome the announcement. We have been looking for a new school since the early 1990s,' said school principal Louisa O'Brien.
Scoil Mhuire in Barntown currently has 16 teachers and four special needs assistants.
A number of other schools in County Wexford were also included in the Departments School building works programme.
Extensions and refurbishments at both St. Aidan's Parish School in Enniscorthy is set to progress to secure planning permissions with a view to preparing tender documents in 2011/2012.
The extension of Scoil Naomh Phadraig in Crossabeg is expected to tender this year, while a temporary new second level school for Gorey is at tender stage. Work on a new school at Enniscorthy Vocational College is progressing.