AN EXTENSION has been announced for St Canice's National School in Rosbercon
As part of a major five year school building programme announced by the Government, St Canice's NS has learned that they have been approved for an extension
'We are delighted,' said School Principal Liam Collins this week. 'We have been looking for this for a long time. As of yet we don't know what exactly we are getting we just know we are to get an extension,' he added.
According to Liam it is now hoped that with this extension the school can replace four prefab buildings with permanent classrooms.
'The prefabs would be in good condition but they are not ideal,' explained Liam, adding that the school has also applied for facilities to bring St. Canice's in line with other schools of their size.
The school currently has over 260 pupils on the role book and 13 teachers. When the primary school was initially built it was designed for five teachers and classrooms, however growth in the student population has now lead to a real need for this extension.
'We are really happy, it is a great boost for us to get an extension,' said Liam.
This news has also been welcomed by local Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan.
'I am delighted that St Canice's, which is in my own parish, will be extended as part of this major school building programme,' he said.
'Despite our difficult economic circumstances, the Government is determined to prioritise school building projects to cater for the projected increase in pupil numbers over the coming years... education is being prioritised by this Government. Within extremely limited spending options we are taking the steps to ensure that our children are educated in safe, modern facilities,' added Deputy Phelan