LIMERICK City and County Council has given the green light to the construction of two new classrooms for children with special needs at a school in Caherdavin.
It is hoped that the facility for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will open at Christ the King Boys National School next September.
The school, which received €820,000 from the Department of Education to carry out the project, will be able to facilitate up to 12 children in the new single-storey extension.
Principal Pat Millane said that he “warmly applauds” the efforts of the staff, members of the board of management and the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, in facilitating the process so far.
“We will be able to cater for the children in the community and integrate them into normal school life. Instead of being educated away from their own community, they will be educated within the Christ the King with the rest of the children.
“There will be two classrooms and a sensory room and a general purpose room. And the aim would be that he would be fully-integrated by the time he reaches sixth class.”
He added that Christ the King was a “very progressive school working in a very progressive community”.