New School Planned for Presentation Secondary School, Miltown

Presentation Secondary School, Miltown, Co. Kerry is expected to have a 600 pupil new school completed in two years.

It will replace a school with 17 pre-fab classrooms (two tlrirds of the total) and which has a split campus on both sides of the main street.

Every 40 minutes, 200 pupils have to cross the street, on the busy Killarney to Dingle Peninsula tourist route, to get to their classes.

Mr Cormac Bonner, School Principal said the development would be a "great step forward' not least on health and safety grounds - an important factor in getting the go-ahead for the development.

"The new school has been made possible due to the purchase of a site by the Presentation Sisters who
have been in Milltown since 1834," said Mr Bonner, the first lay Principal and an All-lreland winning Tipperary
hurler. A design team recently visited the site of the €6m-Plus facility, adjacent to the current school site.

The building will include a full-sized physical education hall, state-of-the-art facilities, with the most up to date classroom equipment and technology. All the necessary ancillary services are included.

The Department of Education and Skills included the project in a list of new schools announced in 2010.

Current enrolment is 548 pupils, but the new school will be built to cater for 600 allowing for an increase in numbers from the expanding Milltown catchment area in mid-Kerry.

Mr Bonner said that construction would start in Aug 2013. Staff and students are expected to move into the
new building in December 2014.

The go-ahead for the 6, 500 Sq M school had been sought since 1996.

Pictured above the Design Team with Mr Cormac Bonner, School Principal.