The Department of Education and Skills has given the green light to the purchase of a 3.25 acre site at Moville Community College and agreed terms with landowners, it has been confirmed.
The land is located to the rear of the school and principal Eamonn Ryan told the ‘Journal’ it will allow more ‘freedom’ for the design of the school’s major expansion, which is expected to begin next year.
He said: “We are located on a very picturesque site, with lovely views of the Foyle. But, it’s quite hilly. This extra site is flatter and will expand us from a 10 acres site to a 13.25 acres site. Before, what we had in mind for our design would have been a little squeezed in and we would have ended up with something a bit frustrating. This site also has the potential to include a football pitch and we also want our sports hall to be close to the heart of the school. The extra site gives the school more freedom in how we develop.”
County Councillor Martin Farren proposed the purchase of the site at the ETB meeting in Letterkenny and it was seconded by Councillor Rena Donaghey.
Colr Farren said the staff and pupils of the school “richly deserve” their expansion, adding the school’s track record over the years has been “second to none.”
He said he hopes the ETB will appoint a design team soon, adding it is important construction begins early next year. Colr Farren said much work had been undertaken by the ETB and all involved with the school and thanked Minister Jan O’Sullivan for her support.