Work begins on new €2.5 million school in Poulfur
WORK began on Monday on a new national school, the €2.5m Scoil Mhaodhóig in Poulfur.
The primary school serves the Hook Peninsula and the villages of Fethard-on-Sea and Saltmills, the parish of Templetown. Outgoing Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin visited the school prior to the General Election to see the plans with the Design Team headed by Gary Morris of DCSP.
163 children currently attend the school which has six mainstream classrooms and three classes in the Teach Solais Centre for Children with Autism. It has a staff of twelve teachers, eight SNAs, two secretaries, two bus escorts, a cleaner and caretaker.
The current building was built in 1944, extended in the 1970s and further expanded with portacabins in the past five years.
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 six mainstream classrooms, a P.E. Hall, Resource and Learning Support rooms, staffroom, library and various offices and ancillary rooms.
The Special Needs complex will have four specially appointed classrooms, with associated withdrawal, sensory, Occupational Therapy and para educational facilities, and a central general purpose area.
A playground and a sensory garden will further enhance the experience of all pupils.
Ms Silkstone said: 'This will ensure that the school remains a centre of excellence in education to children with special needs, particularly children with autism. The entire school community is delighted that the new school is finally at construction stage. Although there will be some disruption and inconvenience during construction for staff, pupils and parents, the provision of a state-of-the-art education facility for the children of our community, and special educational facilities for the New Ross District and beyond, will be a prize worth the inconvenience.'
The building complex is due to be completed by July 2017.