Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan, has announced that all 78 primary schools across Kilkenny are to benefit under the Minor Works Grant scheme which will be paid to all primary schools throughout the country next week.
The 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.
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 Phelan said: “I am pleased to announce that Minor Works Grants will issue to 78 primary schools throughout the county next week. I am aware of the importance of the Minor Works Grant to schools.
"For this reason, the Department of Education has prioritised its issue before the end of this year, notwithstanding the other significant demands on resources at this time.
“The demographic pressures at both primary and post-primary level mean that our school building programme must continue to focus on delivering additional school places.
"In 2017, we have successfully delivered nearly 19,000 permanent school places right across the country, of which more than 13,000 are additional places, with the completion of 46 major school building projects.”
Looking ahead to 2018, the building programme will continue to be challenged to ensure the availability of a school place for every child. In these circumstances, it will be late next year or January 2019 before we are in a position to determine the prospects of a 2018/2019 Minor Works Grant, Education Minister, Richard Bruton, said.
“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the excellent work done by Boards of Management and school principals in using the Minor Works Grant effectively to improve school infrastructure and upgrade the furniture and equipment available for teaching and learning," Minister Phelan added.