The Board of Management at St Mary’s National School in Edgeworthstown received sanction to appoint contractors for the building project last Friday, and the Leader understands that construction will commence thereafter on a site to the rear of the current main school building.
PJ McLoughlin & Sons, Longford is the new contactor and contracts will be signed on Thursday, May 23 next. The new school will comprise 20 mainstream classrooms, eight special tuition rooms, offices, staff room and multi-purpose room, as well as a state-of-the-art Special Needs Unit. A staff car-park will also be provided for.
The new national school in Edgeworthstown is expected to take two years to complete and will cost in the region of €3.7m.
“This project has taken almost 15 years and we are absolutely delighted that it is finally coming to fruition,” principal, St Mary’s NS, Helen O’Gorman said.
“A feasibility study for an extension to the school was carried out in 1998 and plans for an eight classroom school were put in place but in recent years the enrolment at St Mary’s has increased significantly so permission for a 20-classroom school was sought. The school currently has 3 ASD units and so provision will be made for a state-of-the-art fully equipped Special Needs Unit. The Board of Management is very pleased to have reached this milestone and thanks to everyone who has assisted us in achieving this project.”
Meanwhile Deputy James Bannon (FG) pointed to the benefits the new school would have for Edgeworthstown and its surrounds.
“This is great news for Edgeworthstown and for Longford,” he said adding that he had campaigned vigorously for the project since taking office two years ago.
“I am delighted that the school has finally been given the go ahead and local builders, PJ McLoughlin & Sons, have been appointed as contractors for the project, which is worth nearly €4m. This is great news for Longford and will hopefully create some much-needed construction jobs, as well as providing a state-of-the-art school for children in the county.”
The refurbishment and extension of St Matthew’s NS in Ballymahon has also been given the go ahead and the Leader understands that the project is currently gone to tender.