Wednesday 24 January 2018

Work begins on €10million school in New Ross

By David Looby

Principal of CBS Primary School Brian Mac Mahon at the site for the new school on Monday
Principal of CBS Primary School Brian Mac Mahon at the site for the new school on Monday
The final design plans for the new €10m co-educational primary schools in Castlemoyle, New Ross.

WORK has begun on the €10 million new coeducational primary school in New Ross.

Workmen from Sammon Group Construction arrived on site on Monday to begin preparatory works and the official turning of the sod is due to take place shortly.

CBS Principal Brian MacMahon said: 'It's going to be two state of the art buildings with two extra special needs units attached to both. There will be a lot of extras and the total cost will come to €8m plus VAT, so it works out at around €10m.'

Mr MacMahon said the initial application was made in 2000, but due to the scuppering of plans to amalgamate the town's secondary schools, there was a delay, while other delays and false dawns meant a decision for the school's construction wasn't announced until October 2014.

The new school at Castlemoyle, near Irishtown sees the town's 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.

A meeting was held over Easter at CBS NS during which the final plans for the project were agreed and construction is expected to be completed by May of next year.

Mr MacMahon said: 'Due to the complexity of the amalgamation we wouldn't be in the school until September 2016. It's a huge logistical job as you're moving in three schools into two buildings with all that entails.'

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. Each of the two new facilities will also have a provision for a special education unit. The two schools will be located side by side and a pedestrian route to the schools is being considered by New Ross Municipal District.

Each of the new buildings will have PE halls, kitchen, library, parents' room, seven resource rooms for individual and small group teaching, 16 classrooms, offices, car park spaces for 38 cars, special education units consisting of two classrooms each, etc. The schools will be fully energy efficient and will have rain water harvesting systems, CCTV camera systems, computer networks and security systems.

Mr MacMahon said there will be over 50 teaching staff between the two schools, adding that the schools will be great for the town. He said the principals are in discussions on school uniforms and staffing matters.

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