GOVERNMENT Minister Joe McHugh has announced that every primary school in Donegal is to be given a Minor Works Grant.
All 177 schools in the county are to receive a flat rate grant allowance of €5,500.
This will be topped up by €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil attending a special school or class.
The Donegal TD said today: “This is a massive boost for all schools in the county today.
“The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50-pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300-pupil school.
“Schools can use the grant for a variety of school works, including improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds, and the purchase of IT related equipment.”
Minister McHugh attended Cabinet this morning with Education Minister Richard Bruton this morning.
“The Minister has indicated that with payments will begin to issue next week with all payments going out to our 177 primary schools in Donegal by the end of the month.”
Minister Bruton said: “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the excellent work done by Boards of Management and school principals in using the Minor Works Grant effectively to improve school infrastructure and upgrade the furniture and equipment available for teaching and learning.”
It is understood that primary schools wish to have more certainty with regard to the availability of the Minor Works Grant on an annual basis. This is an issue that will be reviewed in the context of the Department’s long term infrastructural planning and the level of resources available under the Government’s 10 Year Public Capital Investment Plan, which is currently under development.
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