Prefabricated classrooms removed from the Eire Og GAA grounds were put in place as a contingency measure for Greystones Community College, the Department of Education has said.
Concerns were raised by some residents in Greystones in mid-December after construction workers were spotted dismantling the temporary one-storey classrooms at the GAA grounds.
The secondary school is currently based in temporary accommodation on the rugby club site.
The single-storey classrooms were put in place over the summer as a back-up measure, after it was confirmed that a two-storey temporary building for the school would not be ready for the start of the academic year. The Department said this temporary building is now expected to be ready to hand over to the school by February.
This site is for interim use before the school's permanent home is built in Charlesland.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education said: “The Department can confirm that the prefabricated classrooms on the Eire Og GAA grounds which are currently being removed were put in place as a contingency measure for Greystones Community College.
“A separate two story block of modular accommodation is currently nearing completion on the same site and is expected to be ready for hand over to the school in early February 2022.
“The school is currently located just across the road in temporary accommodation on the rugby club site. It is the intention that the school will occupy both sets of accommodation and this will be required to cater for the school’s increased intake for September 2022."
Deputy Steven Matthews highlighted that the one-storey units had been put in place as a back-up to ensure that there was adequate space for students, however, it had not been required. The Green Party TD added that he has been working closely with the Department of Education in relation to proposals for the school’s permanent site.
The spokesperson for the Department of Education said the project to construct a permanent home for Greystones Community College “is in early architectural planning which involves site surveys, school design stages and the preparation of planning permission”
They added that a planning application for the permanent building could be lodged with Wicklow County Council in the first three months of this year.