St Patrick’s Boys National School in Portarlington, Laois is a step closer to finally getting a new school building. The school has received a Letter of Acceptance for a building contractor, which means ground can break on the Canal Road site as soon as the builder can start.
Laois TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan welcomed the news.
St Patrick’s boys NS principal Pat Galvin has been calling for a new school for a decade.
In 2011 Mr Galvin told the Leinster Express that his school was “coming to a crisis stage”, with 320 pupils and two classrooms in an extension were condemned as unsafe due to huge cracks in the walls.
At that time they began using some classroom space in the vacant old girls school further up the street.
Laois County Council gave planning approval in May 2017 for the three-storey building with 24 classrooms and two special needs units, as well as a general purpose hall, support teaching spaces and ancillary accommodation.