Thursday, 16 December 2021
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
375. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide a timeframe for the provision of a permanent ASD unit in a school (details supplied); if there are plans for a purpose-built facility on the grounds of the school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [62434/21]
The school building project to which the Deputy refers has been approved funding under my Department's Additional Accommodation Scheme to enable the school to construct a purpose-built two-classroom SEN Base facility. Approval to progress this project to Tender Stage issued in June 2021. The project has been devolved for delivery to Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board (DDLETB) and the responsibility to progress the project currently rests with the ETB in that respect.
DDLETB is currently assessing additional costs associated with Fire Safety and Disability Access Certificates. The Department is awaiting information regarding these costs and will revert to DDLETB once the information has been assessed. Following this, the project will progress to the procurement of a contractor.
In addition to the above, in order to meet the school's interim accommodation needs, rental for one temporary classroom was approved and is due to be on-site by February 2022.
At this time, it is too early to give an estimated timeline for commencement or completion of the main project.