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Saturday 7 December 2019

Eight schools get funding for upgrade works

Eimear Dodd

A number of the Garden County's schools have been allocated funding for small-scale upgrade works to school buildings.

Eight Wicklow schools were among the 405 schools nationwide that will share €30 million under the 2020 Summer Works Scheme which was announced on Monday. The scheme funds small to medium-scale building works to improve and upgrade existing school buildings.

Scoil Naomh Padraig in Arklow, Moin An Bhealaigh NS in Valleymount, Brittas Bay NS, Rathdrum Boys NS, Kilcommon NS and Kilmacanogue NS have been allocated funding for external environment works.

Scoil Chualann in Bray and St Mary's College in Arklow have received funding in the category of life safety systems, which can include emergency lighting and fire detection systems.

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said: 'The €30 million fund for the 2020 Summer Works Scheme that I am announcing for schools will make an enormous difference to the standard of facilities next year.

'Our focus is on three fronts - we have prioritised money to upgrade and improve life safety systems like fire alarms and detection and emergency lighting; we are funding new surfaces on play areas and car parks; and schools will be obliged to plan for electric vehicle charging.

The Summer Works Scheme 2020 includes 324 primary schools and 81 post-primary schools.

A climate action initiative has been included in the scheme and requires schools to develop plans for charging points for electric vehicles.

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