A new extension to a south Longford secondary school has been sanctioned by the Department this week.
Ballymahon Vocational School is to receive five additional classrooms including an Engineering/Metalwork Room and Store; Construction Studies/Materials Technology Room, Wood Technology Machining and Preparation Area, Project Store, two General Classrooms and a Music Room.
Principal of Ballymahon Vocational School Rosemary Johnston said she was delighted with the news.
“This is a great vote of confidence in our school and we look forward to serving the Ballymahon community well into the future,” she said.
“The classrooms are a welcome addition to the school as the school has had considerable increasing enrolments over the last number of years and this enrolment trend is set to continue,” Ms Killian Johnson added.
“The additional accommodation acknowledges that the school is expanding in a vibrant and progressive manner, and it places the school firmly on the map in terms of educational provision long into the future.”
Chairperson of the Longford and Westmeath ETB and chairperson of the school’s Board of Management, Cllr Séan Farrell (FG) also welcomed the announcement.
“This project - in addition to the science and general classrooms granted in 2011 - is a massive investment in infrastructure by the Department of Education and Skills at Ballymahon Vocational School in recent years,” he added.
Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (ETB) had worked closely with the Department of Education and Skills (DES) over the last couple of months in an effort to secure the extension at the school and CEO, Dr Christy Duffy acknowledged the efficient work undertaken by the DES in processing the application and in granting approval.
“This planned expansion of the school is part of the Board’s on-going commitment to ensure that the students and staff in the school are served with the best infrastructure and educational facilities on offer Dr Duffy stated. Work will commence immediately on progressing the project in the interest of having the building programme completed as soon as possible.”