On Friday, October 26, the Design Team appointed by the Department of Education for the building of a new post-primary school in Milltown, Co. Kerry, visited the site adjacent to the current school site, where the new school will be built.
They had discussions with Mr Cormac Bonner, School principal and with Mr Éamonn Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Board of Management.
Welcoming the Design team, Mr Bonner said, “ This is a very significant day in the long campaign to secure a new post-primary school for Milltown. The building will include a full sized PE Hall, state of the art facilities, with the most up to date classroom equipment and technology. All the necessary ancillary services are copper-fastened in the plan.
The Department of Education included Milltown post-primary in Bundle 3 of new schools announced in 2010. Current enrolment is 548 students, but the new school will be built to cater for 600 students, to allow for the increased enrolment from the expanding Milltown catchment area.”
Mr Bonner continued, “The Department of Education has confirmed that the Building works will commence in August 2013 and staff and students are expected to move into the new building in December 2014.
The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), appointed by the Department of Education to manage the building project has visited the new site on a number of occasions this summer to hold discussions with the school principal and with the Board of Management. Its brief is to manage the project within budget and deliver it on the agreed time scale. All relevant contracts relating to the project have been signed.
Mr Bonner said that “it is now all systems go, thank God”.