Investment for two local primaries

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Two local primary schools are to benefit from investment of more than £600,000 in the Department of Education’s minor works scheme.

Lislagan Primary School will receive £480,000 while St Joseph’s Primary School in Dunloy will be funded to the tune of £168,000.

Speaking about the funding announcement for Lislagan, Education Minister John O’Dowd said: “My Department has agreed investment of over £480,000 for a modular building and internal alterations at the school.

“A total of 21 minor works projects amounting to over £5 million were agreed in May across all board areas. Ten of these projects are in the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) area, totalling over £3.7 million.”

Referring to St Joseph’s PS, he continued: “My Department has agreed investment of £168,000 for a toilet refurbishment at the school.”

Minor works are schemes ranging from minor repair to more significant work projects and extensions.

Minister O’Dowd added: “This ongoing investment in the schools estate continues to have a positive impact on pupils, teachers

and school staff and provides a much needed boost to the construction industry.

“I am confident that the substantial investment in minor works projects will help in the drive to improve educational standards.

“The completion of all 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.”

* Turn to page 24 to see a full page of coverage of prize day ceremony at St Joseph’s Primary School in Dunloy.

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