Minister Turns Sod On €1.1m Extension Works At Coláiste Gleann Lí

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Minister Brendan Griffin turns the sod on the new extension for Coláiste Gleann Lí.

BRENDAN Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport    officially turned the sod today on the site of Coláiste Gleann Lí post-primary school.

This marks the commencement of extensive building works, valued at €1.1 million, by Kerry Education and Training Board which will see Coláiste Gleann Lí- Post Primary School extended, refurbished and upgraded.

The extension to the school building will house an ICT/ Creative Arts Centre as well as a host of specialist classrooms ensuring that Coláiste Gleann Lí will become a market leader in the delivery of an innovative and creative ICT-led education.

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The construction works will also include changing facilities and flood lighting for the existing on-site astro turf pitch.

The commencement of building works was welcomed by Chief Executive Officer of Kerry Education and Training Board, Mr. Colm McEvoy in the presence of Director of Schools, Ms. Ann O’Dwyer, Chairperson of the Board, Mr. Jim Finucane, Principal of Coláiste Gleann Lí, Mr. Richard Lawlor and Deputy Principal, Liam McGill as well as representatives from the Parents’ Council and Students’ Council.

“Kerry ETB welcomes the development of the new extension to Colaiste Gleann Lí and in particular would like to complement the school leadership and staff for their commitment to the core values of respect, inclusion, equality and quality which is evident in the manner they have planned for and developed the special class in the school,” said Director of Schools, Ann O’ Dwyer.

“It is a real example of the schools characteristic spirit in practice. Both students and parents speak very proudly of the quality of education provision and student care and support in the school and this new development is a further example of this.”

These plans mark the second phase of a two phased development process, part one of the ambitious project was completed in 2014 and saw the refurbishment of a cross section of specialist classrooms.

Mr. Richard Lawlor, Principal of Coláiste Gleann Lí welcomed the commencement of the project as a recognition of the growth of the school since 2014.

He welcomed the extension to the school describing it as highly necessary given the unprecedented increase in enrolments in recent times.

Mr. Lawlor explained the reason for the marked increase in enrolments, “Our favourable class sizes mean that we are the only post primary school in Tralee that can offer the highest level of individual and personalised attention to students, ensuring that each student realises their full potential”.

Deputy Principal, Liam McGill stated that; “The extension will house whole-school activities which relate to music, drama and multimedia as well as a student Wi-Fi, multimedia and library space. The setting will enhance our provision of school-wide initiatives to enhance with student experience in line with the new Junior Certificate framework”.

The Chairperson of the Board of Management Cllr. Terry O Brien in welcoming the sod turning by Minister Brendan Griffin. said; “we are delighted that this building project is commencing on site.  The Board and Staff in consultation with Kerry ETB have worked hard in recent years in ensuring that this building project became a reality.  When completed these works will provide much needed facilities for the staff and students.  We look forward to the completion of the works over the next year and the continued growth and development of Coláiste Gleann Lí.”

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