Naas teenagers being forced to share secondary school with primary children now urgently appealing for prefabs

Urgent need for prefabs with delays in building new school

Louise McCarthy

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Naas teenagers appealing for prefabs

First and Third Year students at Naas Community College

Naas second level students sharing a building with primary school children are again facing the daunting prospect of having nowhere to learn with serious uncertainty about whether they will have the required pre-fabs ready by September. Kildare West Wicklow Education and Training Board is being slammed by TD James Lawless, Board of Management for Naas Community School, for not applying for prefabs planning permission earlier, leaving children in limbo until at least October or December.

A protest was held by parents and pupils of Naas Community College outside the Kildare County Council building this morning. There are serious concerns that the 120 pupils due to be enrolled in September will not have room to be taught in the Craddockstown building.

Plans for a new school building to cater for Naas Community College, at Millenium Park was announced in 2015, when the sod was turned. However, due to funding constraints within Kildare and West Wicklow Education and Training Board, construction has not started for a new school building to cater for hundreds of second level students now sharing a building with primary school children and forced to take classes in pre-fabs.

There are currently six pre-fabs with plans revealed for another six,but concerns are mounting that the pre-fabs will not be ready for the children to learn within the grounds of Craddockstown School.

Parent Sean Kelleghan said: “There is not enough room to cater for the children. 120 children coming in this September, the question is why? It is a simple Maths problem.”

Ronan O'Reilly says that due to delays in delivering pre-fabs last year, problems could arise again.

He said: “The prefabs were delayed until December last year. We believed that the KWETB would deliver pre-fabs by August, we needed these by August.”

Andrea Cullen said: “When we sent our children to Craddockstown, we thought that it was temporary, we are co-sharing with a primary school. We thought that it would be built by now.”

She also expressed fears that there may not be enough space for additional pre-fabs.

Deputy James Lawless anticipates that building will not in the Millenium Park school until 2021.