LIFE is to get a little bit more comfortable at nine Kildare primary schools with their cramped prefabs set to be replaced with permanent accommodation.
Last Thursday March 1, the government announced it was providing funding for the new scheme for St Laurences National School, Sallins; Scoil na Mainistreach De La Salle, Kildare town; Scoil Bhride Naofa, Kildare town; St Peter’s Boys National School, Monasterevin; St Mochua’s National School, Rathcoffey; St. Corbans Boys National School, Naas; Two Mile House National School, Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Prosperous, and Straffan National School, Straffan.
Deputy Emmet Stagg said the move was on foot of a commitment in the Programme for Government which committed the government to reducing the reliance on prefabs in our schools.
He stressed the Department would be writing to the schools offering them grant aid of up to €110,000 to replace standard classrooms and resource rooms currently in prefabs.
“Having spoken to the principal of Straffan N.S., I am aware that the school will not be able to take up this scheme due to site problems but I will be insisting that the school be included in the 5 Year Capital Programme which is being drawn up by the Department so it will become a two stream school in good time,” he said.
Deputy Stagg said he was also in contact with the Chairperson of the Parent Teachers Association in Rathcoffey who was delighted with the news.
Deputy Stagg stated the previous Government, even at the height of the economic boom, had a policy of renting prefabs in schools, and this initiative intends to reverse that trend and offer children the best facilities in which to learn and create a better environment for them. He pointed out the initiative will also create jobs.
Deputy Jack Wall welcomed the €35 million fund for the removal of prefabs, which will looks set to save the state €5 million a year in rent.
“The good news for Monasterevin, Kildare Town and Two Mile house will mean that four primary schools in those areas will see the removal of their prefabs with a new extension taking its place.
“This will benefit the entire school community, allowing them to carry out their daily tasks under a single roof,” he said.