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Cllr Cathal Boland welcomes news of extension to Skerries Community College.



Skerries Community College Approved

Good news for Skerries Community College, the Dept of Education & Skills has advised the DDLETB that it has given approval for an extension to Skerries’ second level college.

Councillor Cathal Boland a newly appointed Member of the Board of Management said on welcoming the news.

“This is great news for the School Community and will provide much needed accommodation across a whole spectrum of important areas which are essential to provide a top-quality educational environment for the students to learn in. The additional facilities will support students in learning and teachers in delivering an excellent educational program. This will make a real difference for all who are members of the school community.”

The Schedule of Accommodation being provided includes 26 General Classrooms 2 Construction Rooms with preparation and storage area 1 Science Laboratory with preparation area 1 Home Economics Room.2 Art/Craft Rooms with storage area, 1 Staff Room Toilets and Locker Space. SEN Unit, 4 Classrooms, Central Activity Space Daily Living Skills Room, Multi-Sensory Room, Practical Activity Room. Ancillary Accommodation. The total accommodation, including circulation area and internal partitions, amounts to 4952.4m2. I am advised that this is a devolved project and the delivery method is still to be finalised with the Department.

Boland went on to say “I was delighted, last June, to be nominated by my Council Colleagues to represent them on the DDLETB which is the Education and Training Board for the County under which Skerries Community College operates. I was a Member of Board of Management of the College for more than twenty years. I served on the Board of Management as a VEC nominee from 1983, when the school was managed by the Holy Faith DE LaSalle Orders. That management structure passed control of the school over to the VEC and I then served as a VEC nominees until my retirement from local politics in 2004.

I am delighted to be re-joining the Board at a time when this welcome news arrives. Within the schedule of accommodation, I am really pleased to see the Muti-Sensory Room and the recognition of the need to provide a Sen Unit. During the recent General Election, many people spoke to me about the need for improved educational facilities in the town. I decided that day to do whatever I could to deliver on the call made to me by those parents. At the first opportunity I secured membership of the DDLETB and I will, use any influence I have, to see the early delivery of the extension of a great school. It is important now that all concerned stay focused ensuring that the building extension and upgraded facility are delivered as soon as possible and without undue delay”