Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Dan Boyle


68 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding development work at Ballincollig Community School, Ballincollig, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21697/02]

The contract for the provision of a bundle of five post-primary schools under the first education public private partnership project was signed in November 2001 with Jarvis Projects Ltd. Ballincollig Community School is one of the schools included in the contract.

The pilot project was developed on a design, build, finance and operate basis. While the maintenance and operation of the buildings is a matter for Jarvis for the duration of the service contract, in this case 25 years, the management of the schools and their day to day running will remain with the school management authorities. The State will retain legal ownership of all properties.

Construction of the school will be completed and handed over to my Department later this month.