Emma Rogan MLA welcomes the announcement by the Department of Education that Knockevin special school, Downpatrick has been one of 25 schools in the north to feature in a School Enhancement program.
The School Enhancement Programme was first established in June 2012 and provides financial support for capital projects valued at between £500,000 and £4million. The 2nd call for projects opened in January 2017 and encouraged applications addressing immediate and pressing accommodation needs in schools.
In a statement the Sinn Féin MLA stated;
‘This news that Knockevin Special School in Downpatrick will feature in this new allocation of funding to enhance their school facilities is much welcomed and needed news.’
‘Knockevin provides a vital service for pupils aged from 3 to 19 years old and I along with everyone in the community recognise the massive impact that the school has in improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our society. This news will no doubt be welcomed by pupils, staff and the whole wider community alike who all wish to see the school reach its best potential for the sake of the students who go there.
‘The purpose of the School Enhancement Programme is to ensure that we provide the best possible educational facilities for our children and young people, within the budget that is available. This is the second role out of this program with 24 other projects being given the go-ahead to go through the business case, design and planning stages. The total potential of the overall scheme will see a £60 Million investment being eligible to improve and expand existing facilities. I wish to see a large portion of this be allocated to Schools in South Down such as Knockevin to improve the lives of young people in South Down.’
‘This announcement is just the first tranche of projects to be proposed, we wish to see further schools in South Down to be included in future potential programs. I wish to reiterate my congratulations to Knockevin that their good work will only continue and improve for years to come and let them know I along with everyone are fully behind them.’