The Department of Education and Skills has approved major works that will benefit two Tuam schools – Bunscoil Phadraig and Educate Together NS.
Minister Ciaran Cannon has said that the works involve the creation of a number of classrooms, toilets and SET rooms at the Tuam schools.
The major works approved for Bunscoil Phadraig will see refurbishments to create one mainstream class for the school.
Tuam Educate Together will also see the creation of 4 mainstream classrooms, 4 girls and 4 boys toilets, 4 Special Education Training (SET) Rooms, a Principal’s office, and a staff room.
Minister Cannon welcomed the announcement, explaining: “This comes under the Additional Accommodation Scheme, the purpose of which is to ensure that essential classroom accommodation is available to cater for pupils enrolled each year and where the need cannot be met by the school’s existing accommodation.
“Where the need for additional accommodation is likely to be for a finite period of less than three years, a school may be given approval to rent temporary accommodation for this period. The rental contract is between the school authority and the rental company.
“Where the need for additional accommodation is likely to be for a period of more than three years, a school may be given grant aid with the option to purchase a prefabricated structure or to use this grant aid to construct a permanent classroom.”