St. Ita's on the brink of securing a new building
ST. ITA'S Special School is on the brink of securing a new home.
An 'active process' of land acquisition for a new school, which will cater for up to 150 students, is under way and an announcement could take place within months.
Cllr. Paul Bell has expressed his 'absolute confidence' that the school, located in Crushrod Avenue, will in the coming months be in a position to announce that a new school on a new site will be going ahead.
'In my term as Mayor, I invited Minister for Education Ruari Quinn to visit the school and impressed upon him the need for a new school build. Subsequent visits to the school by department inspectors confirmed that the current facility is not fit for purpose and a new school build is urgently required. I can confirm that funding is available for the school build and that once a suitable site is acquired the planning permission process can then commence.'
Relevant authorities are now involved in negotiations.
'The current facility was constructed in 1963 for a student population of 70. It now caters for 115 students in a facility which has changed moderately since then. I am also deeply disturbed that some 20 children were turned away from enrolling this year and I urge all concerned to move forward as a matter of urgency.'