The sod has been turned on a new extension at the biggest secondary school in Kerry. Works are underway on the 1.7 million euro development at Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, which has around 1,200 students. The extension will include seven classrooms, four resource rooms, more canteen space and a toilet block. This will mean the end of prefabs that have been used on site since the school opened in 2001. The sod was turned by Minister Jimmy Deenihan. The project will progress over the next year led by contractors Evans and Kelliher from Milltown.