The building at the end of the Holland Road in the National Technology Park, where the school’s life will begin
LIMERICK’s newest school will start life in temporary premises at the National Technology Park, the Leader can reveal.
The committee behind Educate Together, which is running the 600-student facility have confirmed a premises has been secured, and the school will throw open its doors for the first time on Tuesday, September 18 at a building in Holland Road.
However, it has emerged that Edmond Hussey, who was unveiled in January as the first principal at the city’s first Educate Together secondary school, has decided against taking up the role, with the Department of Education advertising for a new principal.
Ms Cronin acknowledged this was a setback, but added: “Hopefully we will find the best principal we can. It obviously wasn't right for him. We need someone to start the school up, and make it amazing as we can be.”
News that the building has been secured, however, will come as a relief to parents of sixth class students uncertain about where they would send their students to secondary school.
Anne Cronin, who chairs the steering committee behind the school said: “We are just so delighted to have secured this building. We wanted parents to be reassured as quickly as possible.”
“As it was announced that it had to open, we were always confident it would happen. But we wanted parents to have reassurance as quickly as possible we had a nice temporary site. We are just so delighted we have secured this building. It's quite big, there is certainly enough room for the classroom space we need for the teachers and the kids to have an appropriate space,” she added.
Castletroy-based Labour councillor Elena Secas has welcomed the fact the search for a premises for the school is over for now.
She said: “I am delighted with this, as parents need to know at this stage where their kids will go to school next September.”
A permanent building for the school serving Monaleen and Castletroy has also been included in the Department of Education’s six-year building plan, Minister Richard Bruton confirmed.
This was in answer to a parliamentary question from her party colleague, the former Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan.
Cllr Secas welcomed this, adding: “I will continue to liaise with the minister to keep the pressure on and make sure the school remains on his list of priorities.”
While it will be a number of years before the school moves into permanent premises, Ms Cronin said the current site is spacious.
“It's quite close to the university which is a good thing. there are lots of cycle paths in the area for parents travelling with kids. There is a nice bit of outdoor space. We will be able to have basketball courts, a little soccer pitch and some green space behind it as well,” she added.
Educate Together in Castletroy will be the second new secondary school in as many years to have opened in Limerick.
Mungret Community College opened last September in temporary premises in the area’s park.