£1.1m refurbishment for schools
Schools across Northern Ireland are to benefit from a £1.1million refurbishment investment in the coming months.
Speaking about the new funding – allocated through the minor works scheme – Education Minister John O'Dowd said: "This ongoing investment in the schools estate is having a positive impact on pupils, teachers and school staff and provides a much needed boost to the construction industry at what is a challenging time."
Minor works contracts awarded over recent weeks include a new car park at Chapel Road Primary School in Londonderry and resurfacing work at Loreto Grammar School in Omagh.
Improved toilet facilities at both Anahorish Primary School in Antrim and Edendork Primary School, Dungannon, have also been approved.
Since last summer 40 new school building projects were given approval to proceed, representing a potential investment of £353million.
Mr O'Dowd said: "These major projects obviously generate a significant amount of interest and have a positive impact not only on those individual school communities but also on the local economy.
"However, in addition to these more high profile projects, it is important to note that there continues to be investment in the schools estate on an ongoing basis," the minister added.