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Funding boost for schools; Black Country News WALSALL.

SCHOOL buildings in Walsall are to be improved using more than pounds 15 million in funding.

The improvements, commissioned by Walsall Council, are going ahead as part of the Children and Young People's Plan, which aims to improve education for children in the borough.

The money is from a variety of sources, including the Government and local authority.

As part of the programme, new facilities costing pounds 7.5 million are being built at Mary Elliott Special School.

Work started in July and the school is to open in autumn 2008.

Another project to benefit is the new Fibbersley Park Primary School, which is opening next month, while a new teaching block is being designed at Joseph Leckie School for completion in mid-2009.

Walsall Council's cabinet has approved an additional pounds 2 million funding to address priority maintenance works to schools.

Work will also be carried out to improve access for children with disabilities and repairs will be carried out at various classrooms across the borough.

Coun Zahid Ali, lead member for children's services, said: "The improvements are evidence of the council's commitment to improving children's lives and helping them to achieve their maximum potential.
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