Roscommon Schools

91 Roscommon Schools to receive Minor Works Grant

Roscommon Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD has announced that 91 Roscommon Schools are to receive a Minor Works Grant for the 2016/2017 school year.

Each grant is worth €5,500 per school plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. The 91 Roscommon Schools are set to receive the funding over the coming weeks and the money can be spent on a wide range of uses. Include in the scope of works are 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.

Widespread welcome

There has been Widespread welcome to the news from local politicians:

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan said

“This funding, which is very important for many schools in assisting them to carry out essential maintenance and repair work, will also be welcome news for many local communities.”

Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins said it is excellent news, adding

“Having visited quite a number of schools over the past number of months, I am fully aware of the challenges schools are dealing on a day to day basis to meet current and capital expenditure costs. I will be working with the Minister to ensure that these 91 schools receive the funds without delay and that the works can be completed in a timely manner.”

Minister Denis Naughten said

“This funding has been used very effectively in the past by school principals and Boards of Management to make improvements to the school fabric which can enhance the surroundings and benefit every pupil. I am delighted that the funding has been made available for the 2016/2017 school year”.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said

“When the Programme for Government was being negotiated I insisted that the announcement of allocations under this scheme and the Summer Works Scheme be made in this way so as Schools knew where they stood and the uncertainly was taken out of the equation.” Deputy Fitzmaurice went on to say “I will also be keeping up the pressure on the Government that the pupil teacher ratio be maintained and improved and that other resources like the provision of SNA’s and other essential services be maintained and improved in our rural national schools in particular”.