Delay hits new classrooms at St Joseph’s

St Joseph's PS, Stepps 12.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
St Joseph's PS, Stepps 12.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A PACKED primary school has started the new term without extra capacity for pupils.

North Lanarkshire Council began work on two new classrooms at St Joseph’s Primary, in Stepps, last month, after the school became so full that staff were forced to teach pupils in its audio/visual room.

However, problems with sourcing materials for the extension have put the project back by two weeks.

North Lanarkshire Council has installed temporary toilets and a portacabin, which will be used as a classroom until the extension is finished.

Councillor Frances McGlinchey said: “I am very concerned. I think it would have been good for the school to start the new session as it meant to go on. This will cause a lot of disruption. I hope the delay will be no longer than two weeks.”

Councillor Brian Wallace said: “The council has been trying to make alternative arrangements for the children and I have been advised that the contractor has been working hard to try and make sure the delay is as short as possible.

“I am pleased with how the new classrooms are looking so far, they are taking shape. I hope the delay proves to be as minimal as possible.”

North Lanarkshire Council says the new classrooms will be ready in September. A spokesperson said: “The improvement works have been delayed due to some of the material being unavailable.

“We have put temporary measures in place and expect the work to be completed by mid-September.”