THE Edmund Rice Building, a major new two-storey extension of the CBS Primary School at Fairies Cross has been officially opened by Education Minister Norma Foley.
The extension contains four new classrooms on the first floor and a modern special educational needs facility on the ground floor. The project, which was completed in September 2020, also features a new school entrance along with a new reception area and secretary’s office at the front of the school.
The original application for building works began in 2007 but despite a number of delays, the patience of all involved has been rewarded.
Due to the various restrictions associated with Covid-19, the school waited until Monday to celebrate the completion of all the work with an official opening celebration.
Principal Denis Coleman said the school community was delighted to finally be in a position to celebrate the completion of the long awaited project.
“Our school has greatly benefitted from the many elements of the building project. It has greatly enhanced the local street-scape and we have received very positive feedback from within the school community and from the general public,” he said.
“From the outset, the safety of the 400 children and in excess of 50 staff in the school has been a key priority of the building project. Located in the heart of Tralee beside some very busy roads and previously easily accessible to the general public, the works have greatly enhanced the safety of the pupils and staff,” M
Additional funding during the building project assisted with the upgrade of the school’s heating system, the replacement all of the water pipes within the school grounds and the installation of a new fire alarm.
A Department of Education grant-aid has also enabled the school to install a new wi-fi system throughout the building which facilitates the use of over 100 laptops by pupils.
As part of the ‘Official Opening’, The Bishop of Kerry, Ray Browne was in attendance and he blessed the building.