Primary schools to share funding

by Aisling Kennedy
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THIRTY-FOUR primary schools in Dun Laoghaire are set to receive funding from the minor works grant that will help schools purchase equipment and furniture within the next two weeks.
The grant will be issued to each school in the locality by November 20, and will enable each school’s board of management and principal to improve their existing facilities.
The grant will also help them to purchase furniture, PE equipment and IT equipment.
Cllr Carrie Smyth (Lab) said: “I am very pleased to be able to confirm that funding for the minor works grant will be issued to schools soon on November 20. This grant will ultimately benefit the educational experience of local pupils.”
Each primary school will receive a grant of €5,500, as well as €18.50 per pupil. Schools will also receive €74 for every special needs pupil enrolled at the school.
Cllr Smyth said: “The grant is worth more than €11,000 for a 300-pupil primary school, or almost €13,000 in the case of a special school with 100 pupils.”
Among the 34 schools set to receive funding in Dun Laoghaire are Scoil Mhuire, Shankill (€11,327); Booterstown Boys (€10,365); Dalkey National School (€7,368) and Monkstown Educate Together National School (€13,103).
Cllr Smyth said she had the pleasure of visiting many of the schools in the locality when she was cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.
She was particularly pleased that so many of the primary schools in the area would be receiving funding.
She added: “Some €28m is being made available to facilitate this year’s scheme.
“And I am pleased that local primary schools in the Dun Laoghaire area get their fair share of this vital funding stream.”

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