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More Derbyshire County Council schools set for improvements

More than 40 schools across the county are set to benefit from a £1.6m Derbyshire County Council funding boost bringing the total to almost 100 since the start of the year to benefit from its building improvement programme.

The council’s Cabinet is to consider proposals to provide 45 primary and secondary schools with joint-funding for maintenance projects costing between £20,000 and £100,000 at a meeting next week (Thursday 21 March).

Cash would be allocated under the Insurance Capital Maintenance Pool or ‘IMP’ – a building maintenance scheme which generates funding from schools which sign up.

Under the IMP, projects which have been deemed a priority by the council’s surveying team with a value of between £20,000 and £40,000 for primary schools and between £50,000 and £100,000 for secondary schools are considered for funding.

If approved, projects would include new roofs, boilers and heating systems, new walls, floors, windows and doors and improved paths and pedestrian areas at 45 schools across the county.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“This joint-funding programme is one of the ways we support our school development programme. It’s very important that every child is given the best opportunity to achieve their full potential and part of that is about ensuring they have a good school environment they can thrive in.

“We’re very pleased to consider these proposed projects which would support 45 primary and secondary schools across the county.

“We want all our children to have the opportunity to learn and thrive in the best possible classrooms with good facilities and this funding arrangement helps schools achieve their plans, make improvements and prevent the need for potentially costly repairs in future.

“Schools have a firm place at the hearts of our communities so improvements like these have benefits for wider communities beyond pupils, staff and visitors.”

Since the council launched the IMP in 2013, 256 schools have joined up, generating £14m, and if proposals are approved by Cabinet next week a further £1.616m will be released – £1.11m from the IMP plus £506,000 joint-funding from the children’s services school building budget.

Meanwhile, in January the council approved cash for improvement and refurbishment work at 44 schools as part of its Joint Match Funding Initiative (JMFI) – another financial arrangement to help keep its buildings, classrooms and grounds in a good state of repair.

The schools each took a share of £481,388 to fund projects including classroom improvements, toilet and kitchen refurbishment, replacement windows, electronic security systems, new lighting and heating systems and improvements to playing fields, sports courts and playgrounds.

The council has now approved 416 projects since it launched its popular JMFI for schools in 2012 which considers projects valued from £10,000 to £30,000 with the authority match-funding 50 per cent of the total cost of successful bids.

13 March | Amber Sound FM News


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