A design team is expected to be sought immediately to provide an extension to the Rosses Community School.
The designs will be prepared for the school extension and submitted to Donegal County Council for planning permission, in due course.
The Leas Cheann Comhairle, Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher welcomed the decision by the Department of Education to commit to providing the much-needed extension.
“The decision to permit the Donegal ETB on behalf of the school management to seek a design team and prepare the necessary specification documents is a welcome next step in the urgently required project for West Donegal,” he said.
The extension approved for design will consist of Special Education Needs base, it will also consist of an outdoor sensory garden , secure hard and soft play area. Other ancillary works are to be incorporated into the design such as an activity room, multi sensory room along with staff facilities.
He complimented the school management and staff for their trojan work in progressing this much needed project for West Donegal.
“In the meantime, I will maintain the pressure on the Department in order that no other delays occur, but at present it would be realistic to believe the project will be completed 2020,” he said.
The local FG election candidate for the Glenties Municipal District, Evelyn Sweeney, said: “This is fantastic news for Dungloe, the teachers and pupils at the school and for the wider community.
“The extension to the school includes three new Special Education Needs classrooms with an assisted user toilet/shower block.
“The idea of the design will be to add the new structure to the existing building so it’s all part of the main school building which is at the heart of the inclusive ethos of the school,” she said.
Ms Sweeney said: “I want to congratulate the school on their successful application to the Department of Education and Skills and for their vision of the future at Pobalscoil na Rossan. I also want to pay tribute to the Department officials who have worked on this application thus far.”
She said that it is that Donegal TD Joe McHugh is our Minister for Education and Skills, who visits schools throughout the county, listening to the issues of concern and working with education partners and stakeholders.
“Nuacht ar doigh dó Phobalscoil na Rosann ar an Chlochan Liath. Ag súil go mór leis an tógra seo a fheiceál ag dul chun cinn.”