Deputy Michael Lowry has welcomed the decision by the Department of Education to formally approve funding for the construction of an additional mainstream classroom for St. Michael’s National School in Holycross.
An application for the classroom had been forwarded to the department in recent months and there was great joy amongst members of the Board of Management and staff when the news was announced this week.
Deputy Lowry told The Tipperary Star, “This new classroom will also facilitate the recent sanction of a ninth teacher for the school. Holycross National School has a strong reputation for the delivery of high quality education. The school is in great demand and has developed and expanded to the extent that it will have an enrolment of 240 students for the next September school term. Compliments are due to the management and staff of the school for their guidance and expertise which is acknowledged and appreciated by the local community,” Deputy Lowry, a past pupil of the school, said.
Mr. Ger Corbett, Principal of St. Michael’s National School added, “The school community are delighted to hear that we are getting a new classroom for our ninth classroom teacher which will be a very handsome addition to the excellent facilities we have at the moment, ranging from our Gort na nÓg facility to the full range of primary provisions.
“The school community has worked very hard to provide these and Michael Lowry T.D. has played a key role. From a small but famous school at the top of the Green we now have an excellent facility to cater for this growing community for many years to come.
“I sincerely congratulate and thank the partners involved in the education of the young children of this community and we confidently look forward to the years ahead.
“The enrolment currently stands at 240 pupils and is being catered for by an excellent staff of nine class teachers and five Special Educational Needs (SEN) team members and all our valued ancillary staff,” Mr Corbett said this week.
Deputy Lowry concluded, “Fr. Tom Breen, together with the Board of Management of which he is Chairman and the parents body have also welcomed this sanction and the approval to proceed with this project.”
Work will get underway immediately for the drawing up of design and planning, before tenders will be published for potential contractors. It is hoped ot have a contractor on-site sooner rather than later at St Michael's NS.