Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (80)

Olwyn Enright


80 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science the assistance that is being given to the 50 schools invited to participate in the devolved funding project; his views on whether each of the schools will be in a position to fully participate in the project in 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3442/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The small and rural primary schools initiative operates on a devolved basis and allows boards of management to address the accommodation and building priorities with a guaranteed amount of funding and minimum involvement from my Department. The amount of the grant ranges between €100,000 and €350,000, depending on the pupil enrolment and the size of the school. This initiative is aimed at schools with a maximum of four classrooms.

Information meetings were held in Tullamore, County Offaly on 8 and 9 January and all the schools were invited to attend and were given an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification regarding the terms of the scheme. I have arranged for a copy of the terms and conditions of the initiative to be forwarded to the Deputy.