104 Kildare Primary Schools to receive up to €11,000 for Minor Works
Fine Gael Senator Anthony Lawlor welcomes the announcement that 104 Kildare primary schools will receive up to €11,000 for Minor Works on an annual basis.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., today announced that the Minor Works Grant of €29m in total will be paid to all primary schools throughout the country over the next number of days. This follows a commitment under Project Ireland 2040.
All primary schools will receive a flat rate Minor Works Grant of €5,500 plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil attending a special school or special class. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and over €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.
The Department will be developing guidance for all primary and post-primary schools on the key issues identified from the fire safety assessment programme. This will focus on the importance of managing and prioritising fire safety – particularly in the context of funding provided under the Minor Works Grant to all primary schools. It is envisaged that this guidance will be provided to schools in Q1 2019 and the Department will be consulting with the school management bodies before finalising the guidance.
Senator Lawlor said: “this is a timely measure considering the problems in recent weeks and this funding should be prioritised initially for fire safety and effective maintenance programmes. Hopefully, this will go some way to restoring any shaken confidence in the ongoing safety of our schools.”
“I agree with the annual and flexible nature of the payments built into the grants. Schools understand their maintenance requirements and are best placed to recognise and manage them in an efficient manner.”