File photo: Naas Community College principal, Ciaran Keegan (right) and retired KWETB CE Sean Ashe at the school site
A new school for Naas moved a step closer with news that tenders are being sought for its construction.
Naas Community College will be built at a site at Millennium Park and the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board has published tenders.
These seek expressions of interest from building, mechanical and electrical specialist contractors for the construction of the new school building.
Local TD and chair of Naas Community College James Lawless has confirmed the progress, saying it is “very welcome news to the entire school community”.
He said tenders have been published for the building of the new school. The Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board are now seeking expressions of interest from building, mechanical and electrical specialist contractors for the construction of the new school building.
Deputy Lawless said “This is very welcome news to the entire school community. The tenders have been published and are expected to be closed at the end of May. From there we expect building to commence shortly afterwards.”
He said there is a considerable demand for places in the school and this is a key part of the educational infrastructure for Naas and the surrounding areas. It will cater for 1,000 students.
Deputy Lawless said it will complement existing schools by placing a co-ed ETB (Education and Training Board) facility into the north Naas area to cater for students from all over the town but also places like Sallins, Kill, Johnstown and Rathmore.
“I look forward to working with the school, the Department, and the KWETB to ensure that the project moves swiftly to the next phase when we will see construction commence.”