Students returned to a very different school in Claregalway Educate Together this week.
The school has grown to four teacher status (there are also three Support teachers). There are now over eighty students on roll. Two new classrooms and a new Support room at the rear of the building have replaced the pre-fab. This has opened up more playground space and improved the bus turn around. Adjoining land has been opened up as a green play area for the school.
Well done to the builders, Innovative Modular Buildings from Loughrea who worked night and day to complete on time. Planning was held up so they couldn’t commence until all was in order. The building has a very high energy rating, not the usual for a modular building! Electricity bills will be reduced. A heat exchange unit has been fitted- cost borne by the builders and heavily discounted by the suppliers- Pro Air. Pro Air have offices in the Corporate park here in Claregalway. The contractors IMB tried where possible to source components locally and work with local tradesmen. In terms of energy, saving the Green committee can be proud of the school. As savings and the advantages of less dampness etc. are monitored this year, plans can be made for a new modern energy efficient school in the future. In the meantime this building will bring the school forward admirably.
Keep an eye on the school’s website for news and pictures
The school can be contacted by email info@claregalwayeducatetogether .ie or phone 091 798356 .
Picture: 3rd and 4th class return to class.