Over £400,000 investment in local schools

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Local schools are set to benefit from over £400,000 investment from the Department of Education’s minor works scheme.

Speaking about the investment, Education Minister John O’Dowd said: “During February, £250,000 was allocated to Limavady Grammar School for the upgrade of a synthetic hockey pitch; £132,000 was also allocated to Limavady High School for the upgrade of a synthetic pitch; and £32,000 was awarded to Millstrand Integrated Primary School for a traffic management scheme.

“It is estimated that over £43 million will have been invested in the minor works programme in the 2015/16 financial year.”

Minor works are projects less than £500,000 and range from minor repair work to more significant projects and extensions.

In conclusion the Minister said: “I am confident that the investment in minor works projects will help in the drive to improve educational standards.

WThe completion of these works will ultimately provide better facilities for our children and young people to learn in and an improved working environment for teachers and other school staff. This ongoing and significant investment also provides a boost to our local construction industry, helping to sustain jobs”