CBS Primary turns sod on long awaited extension

Junior Infants from CBS Primary School who helped Micheal Hayes and Anne Laide to turn the sod on the school’s extension on Friday with principal Denis Coleman looking on. Photo by Joe Hanley
Junior Infants from CBS Primary School who helped Micheal Hayes and Anne Laide to turn the sod on the school’s extension on Friday with principal Denis Coleman looking on. Photo by Joe Hanley

Simon Brouder

CBS is set to undergo a major transformation after Easter when work commences on the construction of a two-storey building containing four new classrooms, a special educational needs unit and administration area.

The project at one of Tralee's best known landmarks will be completed by the summer of 2020 when pupils and teachers entering the new extension can look forward to the most modern teaching and learning environment available.

A follow-up phase of development will see the removal of the prefab classrooms which will be replaced by a new fenced play area at the rear of the school where these classrooms are currently located.

"The safety of our children and staff is our number one priority. The school's original layout is from the 1950s - a time when the majority of children made their way to school on foot or on their bike, without their parents.

The world of 60 years ago was far less complicated and the yard, and school, were readily accessible to all," said Principal Denis Coleman.

The original application for building works began in 2007 but despite a number of delays, the patience of Mr Coleman, the Board of Management, the staff, children and their parents has been rewarded and the much-needed building works finally about to begin in a matter of weeks.

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