St. Kevin’s College in Lisnaskea is set for a major transformation with confirmation in recent weeks of £4 million in capital works at the school and a new Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centre.
The Department of Education announced on Tuesday that St. Kevin’s College was one of 25 schools which were successful in the second call of the School Enhancement Programme.
The School Enhancement Programme provides financial support for capital projects valued at between £500,000 and £4 million. The second call for projects opened in January 2017 and encouraged applications addressing immediate and pressing accommodation needs in schools. 
Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker said: “The purpose of the School Enhancement Programme is to ensure that we provide the best possible education estate for our children and young people, within the budget that is available.  With this in mind I have given approval to progress the first 25 projects through the business case, design and planning stages. These projects will attract a potential £60million investment which will help to improve and expand the existing facilities in the schools.”
The Principal of St. Kevin’s College Gary Kelly revealed that the school will receive £4 million and explained the new build will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
“We are delighted that we are the only non-selective post primary school in Northern Ireland to get a £4 million new build. This is great news for St. Kevin’s College and it will strengthen the school for the next 40-50 years. The department don’t make these investments lightly and it is recognised that our school body has increased quickly from 270 to close to 670 in 10 years,” said Mr. Kelly.
“At present our school is exceeding capacity and I expect that, under the Schools Enhancement Programme, we will realise a new school building in the next 12-18 months,” he added.
“We are also getting a special needs unit – it’s great news for St. Kevin’s College,” Mr. Kelly continued, adding: “This is down to the hard work of pupils, staff and the Board of Governors, who have lobbied hard for the school. We are looking forward to working with CCMS and the department to see this new build come to fruition.”