Friday 15 December 2017

End in sight for Scoil Chormaic's big move

New school will be ready later this year after long delays

Scoil Chormaic Community NS in Balbriggan
Scoil Chormaic Community NS in Balbriggan

John Manning

Parents of children at Scoil Chormaic Community National School in Balbriggan expected their children to be in their brand new permanent school building at Stephenstown by now but a second delay in the project means that the new building will now be ready for occupation in time for the new school year.

The school expected to move last autumn and then early this year, but now the Department of Education has confirmed that the new school building will open in time for the new school year and an issue with supplying electricity to the building is being blamed for the delay.

Principal of the school, Deirdre Corcoran wrote to parents recently to explain the continuing delay in the move and reassure the school community that the long-awaited move will happen in September.

In the letter seen by the Fingal Independent, the school principal told parents; 'I would like to update you on the progress of our new school building in Stephenstown. Since our meeting with parents of Fourth Class pupils who are temporarily accommodated in the Bremore site, there has been an unforeseen problem in relation to the completion of the new school building.

'Although the new school building is virtually completed, a problem has arisen which has caused a delay in making the electrical connections between the new school and the nearest live substation.

'Fortunately, this problem has now been resolved and the necessary work to make the connection has commenced.'

Ms Corcoran told school parents: 'As a consequence of this unforeseen delay however, it now appears that the new school will be ready for occupation in the early summer of this year.'

The school principal explained: 'Clearly, we regret this delay and we would like to express our thanks to the children who are being accommodated in Bremore, their parents and the members of staff concerned for their patience.'

Ms Corcoran concluded: 'We are looking forward to starting the new school year in September, with the whole school under the same roof and housed in a beautiful new state of the art building in Stephenstown. In the meantime, we are planning for the transfer from our existing site in Castlemill to Stephenstown. We will keep you informed of the plans for the transition to the new school, nearer the time.'

A statement from the Department of Education on the delays to the school opening was issued to the Fingal Independent via the Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board, who are the school patrons. The short statement did not go into detail on what has caused the delay but admitted it was an issue with electricity supply to the site.

The statement from the Department of Education confirms: 'The new 24 classroom school for Scoil Chormaic Community Primary School in Balbriggan will be ready for occupation in time for the new school year as the issue in relation to the ESB has been satisfactorily resolved.'

Fingal Independent

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