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438 Schools to get summer makeover

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/05/2017. 438 Schools to get summer makeoverTags: Education And Politics

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today (Wednesday) announced that €47 Million would be provided by the Department of Education and Skills, through the summer works scheme, to provide for major improvements in 438 primary and post primary schools.

“My Department will provide funding of €47 million through the Summer Works Scheme which will provide for major improvements in primary and post primary schools around the country,” said the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. Announcing the list of successful applicants, the Minister said “I am very pleased to be able to make this funding available, which will benefit 438 schools nationwide.”

He continued, “This investment will see the allocation of €47million for vital school projects which aim to upgrade mechanical, sanitation and roofs in school buildings. These works will be carried out in these schools mainly over the Summer months, so the disruption to students, teachers and other school staff will be kept to a minimum.
329 of the schools which will benefit from this round of funding are primary schools, while 109 are post primary schools.

The capacity of schools to take responsibility for delivering small and medium-scale projects is a key component of the Summer Works Scheme. “I am confident that school authorities will be able to achieve best value for money on prices for jobs, and I call on schools to ensure that they maximise the benefit to their schools of the works sanctioned,” said the Minister.

“The Action Plan for Education, which aims to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade, puts a big priority on investment in school educational infrastructure. Today’s announcement confirms the Government’s continuing prioritisation of capital funding for school buildings which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers. In 2017, the

Department of Education will invest almost half a billion euro in school infrastructure.”

The Department’s Planning and Building Unit will be in contact shortly with all schools approved for grant aid under this year's Summer Works Scheme with further details and instructions on how to proceed.

This year, almost €500 million will be invested in school building infrastructure under the school building and modernisation programme.

A full list of the successful schools is available on this link



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