By William O’Toole
Twelve schools in Wicklow have been allocated funding to set up book rental schemes, it was announced today.
€184,900 has been provided for the schools and previsions have also been made for new primary schools that are also due to open in September.
It was announced in budget 2014 that €15 million would be made available for schools nationwide that did not already have a rental scheme set up. €8.3 million has also been set aside for schools who already operate a scheme.
DEIS schools will receive €150 per child and non-DEIS schools will receive €100 per child in seed capital funding over the next two years to establish book rental schemes.
T.D for Wicklow/East Carlow, Andrew Doyle said “I am delighted the continuation of this very important scheme will benefit twelve schools in Wicklow and over 1840 primary school children who previously were unable to achieve any grant aid,”.
Wicklow primary schools that will receive funding shortly are Scoil na Naomh Padraig Arklow, Powerscourt National School Enniskerry, Moin an Bhealaigh National School, Delgany National School, St Peters Arklow, St Josephs National School, Templerainey, Arklow, Crossbridge National School, Tinahely, Marino school National School Bray, Rathcoyle National School, Naomh Brid National School, Scoil na Naomh Brid Kiltegan, Wicklow Educate Together National School