22 May 2009>
Schools across the Caerphilly county borough are to benefit from significant investment over the next 12 months to help improve buildings and facilities.
More than £3.4million will be spent on a range projects such as school security measures, improving the physical structure of school buildings, the demolition of demountable classrooms and enhancing health and safety.
Cabinet member for education, Cllr Phil Bevan, said, "This investment is good news for schools across the county borough. We are dedicated to ensuring that all our pupils are educated in top quality facilities and this money will be put to excellent use on a range of exciting school schemes."
The council has allocated £1.9 million for the works from its education capital spending programme and a further £1.5million has been made available from the Welsh Assembly Government's School Building Improvement Grant.
The proposed school security improvements will see the introduction of CCTV cameras at a number of schools and enhanced fencing to boost site security. Structural projects include roofing repairs, boiler renewals, replacement windows, car park improvements, yard resurfacing and stonework repointing etc.
Health and safety works will include improvements to toilet facilities, asbestos removal, playground upgrades and improved emergency evacuation routes.
The schools seeing the biggest investment are Cwmcarn Primary (school remodelling), Rhymney Comprehensive (replacement teaching block), Greenhill Primary and St James Primary (replacement schools). These major schemes are being funded by additional Welsh Assembly Government grants totalling £11.35million over next 2 years.
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