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Ceara project will ‘benefit people of town’

Pacemaker Press 4/11/10 Ceara School in Lurgan , a special school for children with severe learning disabilities',   Where a 8 year old  child attended ,  who was diagnosed with swine flu just over a week ago has died,Twenty people from Northern Ireland died in last year's swine flu outbreak, including a number of children with severe learning difficulties Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 

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Pacemaker Press 4/11/10 Ceara School in Lurgan , a special school for children with severe learning disabilities', Where a 8 year old child attended , who was diagnosed with swine flu just over a week ago has died,Twenty people from Northern Ireland died in last year's swine flu outbreak, including a number of children with severe learning difficulties Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker '

Ceara School has been given the green light for an enhancement project - which its principal says will bring great benefit to children in Lurgan for the next decade.

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, announced that 51 school enhancement projects have received approval to commence.

The School Enhancement Programme is designed to enable the refurbishment or extension of school buildings.

Welcoming the announcement Ceara principal Dr Peter Cunningham said: “I am delighted the department has given approval for enhanced building at Ceara.”

He went on: “We had an extension built and we still have mobile classrooms and with more and more children coming to the school this will benefit the people of Lurgan for the next couple of decades.”

In October the Department of Education announced which schools had been successful in the initial application process.

However, each project was then subject to an economic appraisal before final approval could be given. That approval has now been granted.

The investment, worth a potential £134million, will ensure the schools benefit from refurbishment or extension projects, each valued between £500,000 and £4million.

The Minister said: “Continued investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to help support our teaching staff to deliver a quality education to our children and young people. Since taking up my post I have given approval to proceed with 40 new school-build projects representing an investment in the region of £350million.

“However, I have previously made it clear that the limited capital budget available means that we also need to do more with the existing estate. That is why I established the Schools Enhancement Programme with a view to refurbishing and extending some of our school buildings.

“I am pleased to announce that 51 projects have now received the necessary approvals and am recommending that design work on all of the projects commences immediately.

“This investment, worth a potential £134million, will help to improve existing facilities and enable structural changes in the successful schools. “

“It is good news for the pupils, staff and wider communities of the schools due to benefit from this significant investment and will be welcomed as a much needed boost to the construction sector over the coming years.”

 

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