Bishop Kevin Doran welcomes the announcement today by the Minister of Education and Skills, Ms Jan O Sullivan of major capital funding for the amalgamation of St Aloysius College and Joseph’s College on the west side of Athlone as part of the Department of Education and Skills new programme of capital investment in schools 2016 to 2021. It will assist in catering for the increased demand for second level places in Athlone and South Roscommon due to a growing population in the region.
This investment by the Department of Education and Skills is a significant vote of confidence in the new co-educational second level school which is due to open its doors in September 2017.
It will bring state of the art educational facilities to the vast Summerhill site near the growing Monksland area. This will allow for an enhanced range of subjects, educational programmes, greater provision for students with special education needs and more extracurricular activities that parents would rightly wish for their children in the years to come.
It signals a high level of confidence in the project and is a testimony to the long tradition of educational excellence of both schools. We are indeed grateful for the enthusiasm and hard work of all those involved over the last few months.
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