Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (80)

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

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.