High School benefits from minor works

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Ballyclare High School has benefitted from a share in a multi-million investment for school buildings across the province.

During the month of November, the Department of Education earmarked almost £8.5 million for minor capital works in the schools estate.

And one of the contracts awarded included the upgrade of a link corridor at Ballyclare High.

Education Minister John O’Dowd said: “One of my top priorities is raising educational standards and I am confident that ongoing investment in the minor works programme will help achieve this.

“Continued investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to help support our teaching staff to deliver a quality education to all our children and young people.

“My Department reviews and approves minor works applications on an ongoing basis. Since the beginning of the year investment in this area has amounted to over £42 million, addressing issues ranging from minor repairs to more significant refurbishment projects and extensions.

“In addition to the positive impact on pupils, teachers and school staff the ongoing investment also provides a much needed boost to the construction industry, helping to sustain local jobs.”