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(Ireland) Leinster: Special needs school may be expanding

May 9, 2018, (Ireland) Leinster Express: Money not delaying new Kolbe Special School in Portlaoise claims Minister A Laois school for children with severe physical and mental disabilities is badly in need of a new building, but money is "not a constraint", the Minister for Education Richard Bruton has stated. The Minister outlined the design for a new purpose built school, and said it was "tentatively" planned for 2018. “A new building has been included in the Department's six year capital programme. It is a 2,265 m2 single story building project to include eight classrooms, a general purpose room, library, resource area, woodwork, art room, exercise therapy room and various ancillary spaces. It is envisaged that the new school will increase the capacity from 39 to 48 pupils," he said…. Kolbe Special School which teaches 30 boys and girls, will be the last primary school in Portlaoise to get a brand new building, with all mainstream schools already in bright spacious new surroundings. St Francis Special School for children with mild to moderate learning disabilities, is also awaiting a new building in Portlaoise, with construction to start this summer. …

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