Minister English welcomes €28.8m Minor Works Grant for Primary Schools

117 Meath Primary Schools to receive money, 77 in Co. Westmeath

Local Meath West T.D. and Minister for Housing and Urban Development
Damien English T.D. has welcomed the news from the Minister for
Education and Skills, that the Minor Works Grant will be paid to all
primary schools throughout Meath West and the country next week.

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.
There are 117 Primary Schools in Co. Meath, and 77 in Co. Westmeath.

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 English said:

“I am pleased to announce that a 2017/2018 Minor Works Grant will
issue to primary schools throughout Meath West next week.  I am aware of
the importance of the Minor Works Grant to schools. I would like to
take this opportunity to pay tribute to the excellent work done by
Boards of Management on a voluntary basis as well asa by School
Principals in using the Minor Works Grant effectively to improve
school infrastructure and upgrade the furniture and equipment
available for teaching and learning.”

ENDS

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