The build for the new 16-classroom primary school in Coosan is to go to tender shortly, with construction expected to start next summer.
The multi-million euro project is expected to take two years to complete, and will involve the demolition of the existing school building in two phases.
The two-storey building will consist of a 16-classroom national school with special needs unit with a proposed floor area of 3,166 sq m, new ballcourts and play areas, new car parking, new boundary walls, and other ancillary works. The new school will have a capacity to cater for 450 children and up to 30 staff.
Plans for the long-awaited project were given the go-ahead on September 29.
Local Fine Gael TD Gabrielle McFadden welcomed the news that the project has moved along another stage and will go to tender soon.
“I’m delighted that the planning phase of the school has now cleared all hurdles. Once the successful contractor has been appointed following the tender process, I would expect that construction work will get underway in the summer of next year.
“I want to again pay tribute to the years of hard work invested by so many people, not least my late sister Nicky and the board of management, which has ensured this wonderful development will now become a reality for teachers, children, parents, and the wider community.
“The wait for a new school has certainly been a long time coming but thankfully everything is now fully on track to finally deliver the school that Coosan and surrounding areas so badly need.”