Under the Summer Works Scheme, the Department of Education and Science provided a grant of €358.500 to improve parking provision for school buses, parents and staff cars. The enlargement of parking space was necessary due to safety concerns, increased volume of traffic and chronic lack of space. The provision of a sizeable portion of land by the Donegal Protestant Board of Education, at no cost to the school, enabled the development of a new bus parking area.
The school Board is grateful for this and for the assistance provided by Minister Coughlan and local councillors in over-coming some of the planning permission problems. Due to their help, the work went ahead albeit towards the end of July. The civil engineering work was planned and overseen by past-pupil David Buchanan and the contract awarded to J.D. Excavations, Cookstown. While not yet fully complete, the additional space is a welcome improvement. Last summer, to conform with the current safety standards, new machines were installed in the Engineering and Woodwork Rooms.
The football pitch came into use last September after considerable drainage and levelling work the previous year. The provision of this amenity was funded mainly by generous contributions from parents, staff and students. A new career guidance room has been fitted out to enhance the service to students. Currently we are awaiting the outcome of an application to the Department for the provision of an extra Science laboratory, a purpose built Technical Graphics / Drawing room, learning support areas, a parent’s room and upgrading of staff facilities.