MLA highlights new build plan for Millburn PS

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A DUP MLA has pressed the Education Minister about funding for two Coleraine schools.

George Robinson asked the Minister, John O’Dowds, if there were any plans in his capital allocations for a new school build at Millburn Primary School in Coleraine.

Mr Robinson also spoke about the pre-school provision and highlighted the good work done by Harpur’s Hill preschool.

Responding, Mr O’Dowds said: “As yet, I have not made any announcements of capital allocations.

“I am involved in discussions with my departmental officials.

“We are looking at all the applications for new builds to see how we can use my very limited budget to fulfil a demand. New builds will be announced when I make my statement.

“The building programme will facilitate the schools that are announced, and, of course, there will be disappointment among the schools that are not announced at that time. Each school will be allocated its early years funding through a recognised and accepted funding formula.”

In light of the Minister’s response, Mr Robinson said: “I hope that the highlighting of the specific requirements of these schools will pay dividends in the not too distant future.”