£44 million upgrade of county schools will happen in coming year
THE county council is to splash £44 million on giving a facelift to its schools over the next year.
It will include £14 million on new classrooms to meet the demand for extra places - £10 million more than originally planned.
This is in addition to the £30 million earmarked for 2013-14 towards the School Capital Refurbishment Programme, a three-year project to improve more than 300 county schools.
The council's policy committee agreed to the move yesterday.
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The school works is part of a capital programme of £133 million, which will also include
•£20 million towards the cost of starting widening works on the A453
•£500,000 to start work on the Hucknall Town Centre improvement project
•£2.2 million to support the rollout of superfast broadband across the county
•£1.65 million towards the costs of a new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
Councillor Reg Adair, chairman of the council's finance and property committee, said: "Our plans for on-going and increased investment in our schools is helping to transform the learning environment for thousands of our children and the benefits are already showing with our best ever set of exam results, achieved this year.
"The capital programme for 2013-14 is an exciting mix and also includes a wide variety of schemes to boost the economy and brings jobs to Nottinghamshire."