City schools receive investment

The City of Edinburgh Council has outlined details of where upgrading works are to be completed in city schools in the coming year.

An investment of £7.1m will see a variety of works including roofing repairs, stonework, new boiler plant, fire safety and general upgrading taking place at many schools across the city.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin, Finance and Budget Committee Convener said: “It is important we ensure our schools meet Scottish Government standards.  With an estate as large as this we need to invest money every year to ensure all our schools are fit for purpose and providing the learning environment our pupils need.”

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education Convener said: “I know a lot of schools will welcome this news, we aim to make sure schools are receiving the investment they need as well as looking to future demand.

“An investment of £1.5million is being put into Portobello High School this year, when we had hoped building the school would be well underway by now.  We have to respond to the challenges that arise and we remain committed to building this new school as soon as possible.”

An additional £10.5m was recently set aside to fund further school improvements from this year’s budget.  Details of how this funding is to be spent will be provided in a further report to Finance and Budget committee at a future date.

These works will take place throughout the school year with specific, more disruptive work, being done in mid-term and summer holidays to minimise disruption to classes as much as possible.

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