A WEST Cork school that had become a health and safety hazard is to receive €191,000 for a new extension.
The principal of Glandore National School, Norma Whelton, told The Southern Star that the funding was great news for the school ‘especially for the 66-pupils who have had to put up with less than ideal conditions for years.’
Ms Whelton confirmed that the floor in the learning support prefab had collapsed twice and been replaced twice and that the entire roof of the prefab had to be reconstructed during the mid-term break, after a portion of it caved in, following heavy rainfall last January.
Deputy Jim Daly visited the school a month ago and raised the issue with the Minister of State at the Department of Education, Damien English, and the funding was approved on Wednesday, April 27th.
The principal paid tribute to the Fine Gael TD for helping to secure the grant that will allow for the demolition of the prefab classrooms and the construction of an extension to include new toilet facilities and a resource room.
She also thanked Cllrs Joe Carroll and Noel O’Donovan and also former Labour TD Michael McCarthy, all of whom visited the school to see the ‘deplorable conditions’.
Deputy Daly paid tribute to the principal and her board of management for their ‘tireless efforts’ in campaigning to have the facilities improved.