The Department of Education last week confirmed funding for two additional classrooms and toilet facilities at St. Teresa’s Special School in Creagh, Ballinasloe.
The announcement was welcomed by school principal, Anita O’Reilly, who said: “This is wonderful news for parents of children planning to come to St. Teresa’s this September.
“It is such a relief to have a plan in place to accommodate these children as we are at capacity in our current building. I’d like to thank the Buildings Section at the Department of Education – we now have a number of months to have this set up by September”.
Local Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said it was fantastic news for the school and that it was important to see progress ahead of September.
“We owe so much to the incredible teaching and healthcare staff at St. Teresa’s, especially Principal Anita O’Reilly and Vice-Principal Geraldine Clarke for driving this project. This is along with the School Board and support of Ballinasloe Area Community Development board (BACD) in providing the location in the park opposite the school.
“We have two other major outstanding school projects – to source a site for a permanent school to accommodate children at St. Teresa’s school and to move the new school building for Scoil An Chroí Naofa DEIS Band 1 for close to 300 students to the next stage of planning approval and the tender process,” she said.
Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy also expressed his delight at the news.
“I am now delighted that it’s public knowledge and with ten extra students about to start in September this school desperately needed emergency accommodation, so it is terrific to see the funding being allocated.
“I am glad along with Minister Foley and her officials that we were able to help this school out. I am pushing hard to get a new site for the school finally over the line”.