END TO PORTACABIN BLUES IN SIGHT AT RATHCORMAC NATIONAL SCHOOL Fermoy
The long wait for a new school in Rathcormac is almost at an end with an application for planning permission recently submitted.
Children attending Rathcormac National School have seen portacabin after portacabin added to the school for four decades as the population of the once small village grew over the years.
“We now have 225 pupils attending the school and 10 portacabins. The school was opened in 1940 with just three classrooms and the first portacabin was put in place in 1968,” principal, Margaret Howard told The Avondhu.
Over the years the parents and teachers at the school have campaigned for a new school to be built as more and more families moved to the village. School principal, Margaret Howard takes up the story.
“It was the same old carry on really, new houses were built and young families attracted to the area but little or no thought was given to the needs of these families concerning the educational needs of their children. Now that we have applied for planning permission and the land has been purchased by the Department of Education, we are looking forward to the completion of our new 12 classroom school.”
All going well, it is hoped that the school will be ready by the start of the new school year in 2011.
“There will be twelve classrooms, a hall and other service rooms. While we are awaiting planning permission to come through, the funding has been approved. If everything goes according to plan construction should begin early in 2011 and the children should be able to move in by September,” Ms Howard concluded.
Thursday 13th May 7:30pm