Schools to get summer funds
Schools in County Wicklow will be among the first in the country to benefit from the Summer Works Scheme 2014, an initiative by the Department of Education that will improve schools across the country.
Thirteen schools across the county will reap the rewards of the first round of funding afforded by the scheme, which amounts to €36 million to improve and upgrade existing school buildings. This will be used by schools to carry out small – medium sized works pertaining to make gas, electrical or mechanical improvements to the building.
Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Padraig in Arklow, St. Saviour's National School and Clochar Muire National School in Rathdrum, Jonathan Swift National School in Dunlavin, St. Brigid's National School in Greystones, Annacurra National School, Rathcoyle National School in Rathdangan, Scoil Naisiunta Muire in Barndarrig, Stratford Lodge National School in Baltinglass, St. Fergal's Junior and Senior National School and Loreto Secondary School in Bray, Scoil Mhuire na Naird in Shillelagh and Blessington Community College will all have works carried out as a result of the first round of funding.
The 13 projects will be carried out primarily over the course of the summer to keep disruption of pupils to a minimum, and Deputy Andrew Doyle praised the initiative which he feels will not only help schools but provide much needed employment in the county.
'I am delighted that the first round of funding will immediately benefit our schools in Wicklow ... the spin off in terms of local job creations is also a very welcomed,' he said.
The second round of funding will be announced over the coming weeks, and other earmarked schools in Wicklow could yet benefit from this.