Naas secondary school opening is being delayed by bureaucracy

Education

Paul O'Meara

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Naas secondary school opening is being delayed by bureaucracy

Former KWETB Chief Sean Ashe with principal Ciaran Keegan at the school site

The delay in providing a new second level school in Millennium Park,  Naas has been criticised.

Some 16 contractors expressed a interest in building the new 1,000 student school by the closing date in May.

The school was originally scheduled to open a year ago.

However the delay in processing these tenders and preparing a report has been criticised by Labour’s Kildare North general election runner Emmet Stagg.

The former TD and  minister said this is due to be done in about a month and “the Minister (for Education)  further advised that it was not possible to say at this stage when the preferred tenderer would be chosen for the project.”

Mr. Stagg said he could not understand how it would take five months for the design team to prepare the report.

“After all, only when the report is presented, will actual tenders be invited for the construction project. If we are to achieve the aim of opening the school by September 2020, then the tender process must be expedited,” he added.

Planning permission for the new school was granted on April 21, 2017. It comprises a two and three storey building  and will have 37 general purpose classrooms, 6 science labs, 2 wood work rooms, 2 engineering rooms, 2 art rooms, physical education hall, library and ancillary rooms. There will be hard play areas and an all-weather pitch will also be provided.

The school is a Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board project.