August 4, 2021

Class news! 15 Waterford schools to undergo major improvement works

Fifteen Waterford schools will undergo major improvement works next Summer, it was revealed today.

The funding is being provided by the Government as part of the 2020 Summer Works Scheme.

Education Minister Joe McHugh announced a total of 405 schools across the country will recieve more than €30 million for projects that will be delivered next year.

Welcoming the funding, Senator Paudie Coffey said the works are a vital investment for the future education of primary pupils and post-primary students in Waterford.

The Waterford Fine Gael General Election candidate added: “Today’s announcement confirms the Government’s continuing prioritisation of capital funding for school buildings across Waterford city and county, which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers.”

In Waterford the 15 schools that have been successful in this round of funding are:
*Scoil Baile Mhic Airt;
*Carrickbeg NS;
*Ballyduff NS;
*Butlerstown NS;
*Scoil Naomh Muire Ballygunner;
*Fenor NS;
*Scoil Naomh Gobnait:
*Our Lady of Mercy Junior & Primary School:
*St. Mary’s NS Touraneena;
*Portlaw NS;
*Waterford Educate Together NS;
*Presentation Secondary School;
*Dungarvan College;
*St. Paul’s Community College.

Senator Coffey (pictured below) said all of the schools who recieve funding for car parking and play areas will be required to identify a point for electric vehicle charging. He added: “The funding will allow for specialist electric ducting under play and car parking areas in order to ensure resurfaced areas are not dug up in the future.”

Education Minister Joe McHugh said the work on the Waterford schools will be carried out mainly over the summer months so that the disruption to students and teachers will be kept to a minimum.

The minister added: “We have also made sure that schools are getting the notification several weeks earlier than last year to try to give principals and boards of management a better lead in time to plan and then get the work done.”

Projects allocated funding under the 2020 Summer Works Scheme relate to applications submitted by schools in category 10 from the Summer Works Scheme 2016/17 and category 1 from Summer Works Summer 2020 onwards.

Under Project Ireland 2040, the education sector will receive approximately €12 billion from 2018 to 2027. This includes some €8.8 billion for the schools sector.

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