Deputy Danny Healy Rae welcomed Wednesday’s announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., that €47 Million would be provided by the Department of Education and Skills, through the summer works scheme which is aimed at providing major improvements in primary and post primary schools.
27 Kerry Schools
Up to 27 Kerry primary and post schools throughout the county have qualified for grant aid towards improvement works. These range from roof and toilet upgrading to mechanical works.
In our immediate locality those included are: Curranes National School; Clogher National School, Ballymacelligott and Scartaglin National School.
Primary Schools Scored Heavily
Primary schools in the county scored heavily as only four of the 27 are in the post primary category.
In announcing the scheme, Minister Bruton outline the purpose and scale of the scheme which will take in over 400 schools nationwide:
“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.”
438 Schools Nationwide
“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.
A Key Component
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.
This year, almost €500 million will be invested in school building infrastructure under the school building and modernisation programme.
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