Meeting sought on delayed Naas secondary school

KWETB must expedite project, says local TD

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Meeting sought on delayed Naas secondary school

File picture of former KWETB chief executive Sean Ashe with Naas CC Principal Ciarán Keegan at the site of the new secondary school at Millennium Park, near Kerry Foods

Fianna Fail TD James Lawless is seeking a meeting with the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board to speed up the construction of a new second level school at Millennium Park.

The Department of Education has told Dep. Lawless that the project will be delivered by the KWETB.

This followed a request by him for the Minister for Education to make a statement on the progress of the project.

A report from the design team attached to the project is due to be completed and this will be submitted to the KWETB in a month.

“It is not possible to say exactly when the project will progress until this (pre-qualification) process has been completed,” the statement added.

Dep. Lawless, who is the chairperson of the board of management, told the Leader this means that this work has been referred to the KWETB instead of the Minister.

“I want the KWETB to expedite this and I’d like to meet with them. I know KWETB has had its troubles but they need to keep a focus on operational matters,” he said.

It may be that the KWETB needs additional resources to carry out its work and if so “I will get on to the Minister to do this.” He added: “I’m trying to put this to bed, it needs to be driven on. The tenders were opened in April or May and the tender report will recommend a particular builder and after the minister signs off, the building work will start.

Parents are concerned, he said because “there have been so many delays and we don’t want any more.”