By KLTV Newsdesk
Kirklees Council has announced they are set to invest £3.4 million in school buildings across the district.
Cabinet members have agreed on the funding, which will be used to replace and upgrade facilities across at least 25 different primary and secondary schools.
There are currently 172 primary and 48 secondary schools in Kirklees.
It has not been announced which of the 25 planned schools will receive improvements.
A broad range of works will include kitchen refurbishments, roofing improvements, new electrical systems and the replacement of inefficient boilers.
The works will bring improvements to school buildings, making them more environmentally friendly and ensuring that pupils and staff are safe warm, dry and secure.
Cllr Carole Pattison, the Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “Schools around the country have been going through an unprecedented time as most of their pupils are at home due to COVID-19, but we have not lost our focus on investing in the future.
“As well as supporting schools in so many other ways, we were keen to agree with this funding so that improvement works could start as soon as possible.
“We are planning to carry out the works during school holiday periods so that the impact is minimised for staff, children and families.
“Enhancing the condition of our schools, and making sure they provide a comfortable environment, has a positive effect on teaching and learning, helping pupils to enjoy the best start in life.”
This announcement comes as many schools will be reopening their doors from June 1, albeit with many new guidelines in place.
However, as reported by the examiner, It remains to be seen what kind of impact the new rules may have on pupil and staff wellbeing.
Many of the refinements and improvements will be made with future sustainability in mind.
Cllr Graham Turner, the Cabinet member for Corporate, said: “We prioritise the projects based on need, but they will all support the council’s Climate Emergency work by reducing the Kirklees carbon footprint.
“School buildings will benefit from the greater use of sustainable technology, including through energy-efficient heating, better insulation and modern, energy-saving lighting.
“This will cut the usage of energy and, at a time when many schools are facing major financial challenges, it will also save money by reducing bills.
“We want everyone who uses school buildings and facilities to experience a high-quality, clean and green environment.”