Work ongoing to get Kildare school's special needs unit open

Nine week wait for parents continues

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Work ongoing to get Kildare school's special needs unit open

St Conleth's Community College extension

Progress is being made on the opening of the Special Needs Unit at St Conleth’s Community College in Newbridge, however parents have still not been informed of an opening date.

The parents of the six children enrolled to start school last month are urging the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) and the Department to get the unit open as quickly as possible.

Their children are now almost nine weeks out of school. The unit is part of a new extension at St Conleth’s which remains closed at present.

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The Leader reported last week that the KWETB were going to open the new building in two phases with the ASD unit included in the first phase.

It’s understood the Department of Education received the drawings last Friday, October 19. The Design Team are reviewing them to check they are in order and then they will be forwarded to Kildare County Council.

Dep Martin Heydon has said he has spoken to senior officials in the council to process the documents as quickly as possible. The process normally takes three weeks to complete.