Purpose of report
To provide an update on the progress of:
· Urgent school condition projects
· Secondary school sufficiency schemes aimed at increasing secondary school place capacity within the city
· Special school sufficiency schemes aimed at ensuring that schools can take children with more complex SEND.
The quarterly budget monitoring report (also on this agenda) contains information in relation the financial position of the education capital programme.
That the Cabinet Member notes the progress on the school modernisation "urgent condition" projects and the secondary school sufficiency projects (as set out in the report and in Appendix A).
Caroline Corcoran, Head of Sufficiency, Participation and Resources - Education Service, introduced the report. She reported that three urgent condition projects from the 2017-18 programme had been completed and one "live" condition project which remained from the 2017-18 programme, which was being completed in phases to minimise disruption to the school. The final end date was expected to be March 2019.
In response to a question, she said that a feasibility study had been undertaken at Copnor Primary in order to replace the boiler. The existing gas fired heating system was failing and had reached the end of its working life. The work could not be undertaken immediately, as there were four boilers in the school, with issues associated with the pipework. Temporary heating was being provided, and the works should be finished by the February half term.
DECISION: The Cabinet Member noted the progress on the school modernisation "urgent condition" projects and the secondary school sufficiency projects (as set out in the report and in Appendix A)