New Naas second level school is to go to tender

School will have 1,000 students

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New Naas second level school is to go to tender

Retired KWETB Chief, Sean Ashe and principal Ciaran Keegan pictured previously at the Naas Community College site

The provision of a new second level school in Naas has moved a step closer.

Naas Community College, planned for a site at Millennium Park, can now go to tender according to the Department of Education.

The school, which will accommodate 1,000 students from Naas and surrounding towns and areas, was originally planned to open last September at the site - but contingency plans were put in place to deal with admissions of that didn’t happen.

The school is currently located at Craddockstown in a much smaller premises.

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Fianna Fail TD James Lawless, chairman of the school’s board of management, said the announcement is a positive step because “it means the new school building can proceed at Millennium Park and this is a great relief to parents, teachers, management and the entire school community.”

He said the school started enrolment in 2014 and has reached maximum capacity at its current temporary home in Craddockstown.

“The new building will cater for 1,000 pupils and is a state of the art design with facilities for music, art, science and other subjects as well as dedicated Autistic Spectrum Disorder units.

He added that the news comes after a sustained lobbying effort.

“The clarity and progress is welcome and we look forward to moving to the next stage.” He paid tribute to school principal Ciaran Keegan; the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board which will run the school and wider school community for “managing the situation to this point.”

He added: “We look forward to moving quickly through the remaining stages and opening the new building as soon as possible.”

He stated the school would be easily accessible to people living on the Monread side of Naas and areas like Johnstown, Caragh, Kill and Sallins. Dep. Lawless has encouraged parents to use a legal mechanism, known as Section 29, to put pressure on the Department to ensure there are adequate first year places available when it opens.