Mullan welcomes investment in Derry schools

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed confirmation that two Derry schools will be included in a £60 million scheme to improve the education estate across the North.

The party’s Education spokesperson commented: “The schools estate in Derry has already benefited from massive investment over recent years and I am delighted that Chapel Road and Greenhaw primaries have now been included in a list of 25 schools that have been successful in the latest stage of the School Enhancement Programme.

“This programme was established by then Sinn Féin Education Minister John O’Dowd to fund building and improvement works at schools in order to provide the best possible accommodation for pupils.

“Projects valued at between £500,000 and £4 million can be approved so it has made a massive difference to the schools estate over recent years. Today’s announcement means that 25 projects across the North will now move through the business case, design and planning stages.

“These projects will attract a potential £60million investment which will greatly improve and expand the existing facilities in the schools.

“I am aware that not all schools that bid will have been successful. However, I would urge pupils, staff and wider communities not to be disheartened because today represents just the first tranche of projects and there is potential for more to be announced in the future.”

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