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New lower school plans approved

St Ninian's High School - picture courtesy of manxscenes.com
The main building work for the new school would start later in 2009

The construction of the new St Ninian's Lower School at Bemahague in Onchan has moved a step closer after funding for the first stage of works was approved.

Tynwald has approved expenditure of up to 433,000 on the first stage of the project - the new school will cost about 33m and cater for 800 pupils.

Education Minister Anne Craine said the main scheme would be brought to Tynwald before the 2009 summer recess.

Construction work should then start later in the year.

"We have to get the groundwork done before the bird nesting season starts in March, then the main construction work will start in the summer," she said.

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