Lismore Comprehensive is to receive a new school campus, it has been announced.
The school is one of 15 to be built across the province as part of an investment worth £170m, the Education Minister told the Assembly.
A planning and design team will shortly be assigned to the school to draw up new plans and diggers are due to be on site within two years.
For many years, governors and staff have worked to secure a new school building at Lismore.
Principal Fiona Kane said,“This is fantastic news for the whole school and our local community, as we are in dire need of a new fit-for -purpose school campus.
“I am delighted in particular for our pupils who deserve only the very best, as a state of the art school will send a powerful message to them and everyone here that the young people of this area are highly valued and their education is extremely important.”
Mrs Kane paid tribute to everyone who has worked tirelessly over the last number of years to get Lismore to this point.
“In particular I would like to pay tribute to Joe Corrigan – recently retired principal, the trustees, the Board of Governors and retired governors for the role they have all played,” she said.
She thanked staff in CCMS for the assistance and support they had offered to herself and chair of Governors Mrs Kate Adams to help secure the decision.
The Minister said, “All across the north there are a range of schools which are in dire need of investment.
“Unfortunately that need far exceeds the funding available.
“Therefore the schools benefiting today represent the highest priority projects which have successfully come through a rigorous selection process.
“I remain resolute in ensuring that my investment plans will also focus on providing a first class education experience.”