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Major funding boost for Cloughcor primary school

Thursday, 24 May 2018

A LOCAL primary school has been included in a list of 25 schools that are set to benefit from a multi-million pound capital investment programme announced by the Department of Education (DE).

St Mary's Primary School, Cloughcor, is in line to receive at least 500,000 under the second phase of the School Enhancement Programme.

The funding scheme announced last week by the department's Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker, provides financial support for capital projects valued at between 500,000 and 4million.

The second call for projects opened in January 2017 and encouraged applications addressing immediate and pressing accommodation needs in schools.

Overall, 60million has been allocated to 25 school projects to take them through the business case, design and planning stages.

West Tyrone SDLP MLA., Daniel McCrossan - who has been campaigning for better facilities at the local school - says the funding is a welcome boost for a school in urgent need of repair.

In 2016, he hosted the then Education Minister, Peter Weir, at the school to demonstrate the ailing conditions.

These include the deterioration of the school building and satellite mobile classroom units, leaking roofs, flooring issues and problems with the heating system.

The minister also witnessed first hand how thick wooden trusses were being used to prop up the roof in several classrooms.

"It is no secret that the school is in need of repair and immediate work and the news of this funding will come as a relief to teachers and parents.

"St Mary's, Cloughcor, is a fantastic school and this must be reflected in the building... In my view, a new building is needed and as an MLA, I will continue to push to make this a reality," Mr McCrossan said.

The Education Authority's (EA) chief executive, Gavin Boyd, has also welcomed the funding allocations.

"EA looks forward to moving to the next stages in the planning for new solutions for these schools for the benefit of the pupils, staff and the wider school communities.

"We also welcome the news from DE that further applications from schools may be approved in the future," he said.

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