The Department of Education has sanctioned additional accommodation for Inver College, Carrickmacross. CMETB Chief Executive, John Kearney made the announcement at a recent board meeting of Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB), who convened earlier this week. Details of the new project were revealed at the meeting where the additional accommodation at the school is planned to include:
- 2 SET rooms
- 1 88m2 Multi Media room
- 1 88m2 Music room
- 1 88m2 General Purpose classroom & 38m2 Preparation area
This is the second announcement of funding for the school in recent times. Last year Inver College was sanctioned grant funding for a major extension and building upgrade works at the school. The further backing from the Department announced this week supports the significant increase in enrolments at the school in order to extend the number of classrooms available.
Councillors P.J O’Hanlon and Colm Carthy warmly welcomed the news at the meeting as a very positive endorsement for Carrickmacross and the wider school community. Both councillors expressed their delight that the school is getting upgraded noting that it was long-awaited and attributed to the great work that is happening at the school.
John Kearney, Chief Executive, Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board, said; “The school’s Board of Management and CMETB have worked diligently to highlight this project to the Department of Education. The further investment greatly highlights the quality of teaching and learning happening at Inver College and the project will ensure that the educational needs of the entire school community are met.”
Cllr. Colm Carthy, Chairperson of the Inver College Board of Management added:
“Inver College has grown from strength to strength in recent years despite the fact that the school building needs upgrading. That is in no small part due to the quality in teaching staff in the school and the wide variety of subjects available to the students. This is great news; not only for Inver College and Cavan Monaghan ETB, but also for Carrickmacross and south Monaghan. A project of this magnitude will have a very positive impact on the local economy.”
Cormac Flynn, Principal of Inver College, said: “The school community at Inver College is thrilled about the news. Enrolments have been very strong over the past number of years and these extra rooms will future proof the school building in terms of adequate accommodation for the increased student numbers. The fact that these extra rooms have been added into the €6.1 million building announcement made in December 2019 makes it all the better. Phase one and two have been merged as it were. I would like to thank the teachers for their continued hard work, CMETB for their commitment to Inver College and our parents and students for their continued support and encouragement which has delivered what will be a state of the art educational facility for the people of south Monaghan ”
The project announced last year includes the construction of a multi-room extension to the existing school building. The significant programme of work will deliver a purpose-built special needs unit, eight multi-disciplinary rooms and accompanying office spaces as well as five general classroom and ancillary bathroom facilities. In addition, the extension will also include six new offices, to include a pastoral office, a guidance room and a first aid room. Works will also be carried out on existing classrooms to convert them into a science laboratory and an art room. An outdoor play area and additional parking facilities will also be developed.
The project is currently with the design team to progress.