Preko Municipality Investing 2.2 Million Kuna in Educational Institutions

Lauren Simmonds

In the past two years, as much as 2,180,000 kuna has been invested in educational institutions and the improvement of the school system in the Preko Municipality in Zadar County.

As Morski writes on the 21st of October, 2019, according to Preko’s Jure Brižić, the implementation of several important projects has raised the quality of education throughout the island. One of the most important and recent investments was the rehabilitation of the Lukoran school, according to a report from Nasi skolji.

”Unfortunately, the school didn’t have the satisfactory pedagogical standards and conditions for teaching. As the number of children increased this year, it was also necessary to provide an additional classroom. In order to enable the children in Lukoran to attend a normal school and to attend classes in adequate conditions, we launched the rehabilitation and renovation project which included the reconstruction of the roof, the installation of PVC windows and air-conditioning. Laminate flooring, plastering and painting works were completed, and all costs totalled 330,000 kuna. The project was implemented and co-financed in cooperation with Zadar County as the founder of the school, and we brought these joint efforts to an end before the start of the new school year,” according to Brižić.

For all of the works, including the project documentation, the reconstruction and equipping of three new classrooms, the Municipality of Preko, along with Zadar County provided a total of 820,000 kuna.

”With this project, we’ve greatly raised the quality of the pedagogical standard to the children on our island because children from Kukljica to Ugljan attend upper grades at their primary school in Preko.

In this way, the reconciliation of extracurricular and all other family and parental responsibilities was facilitated, thus raising the quality of life for families with children from all over the island. In addition, holding one-hour classes also enabled the use of the school hall in the afternoon to all other users, sports clubs and associations, young people, children and others who use the hall for training, competitions, recreation and the like,” clarified Brižić, noting that Preko will always try to do its best to better the schools’ conditions.

He cited the situation in September 2017, when the ground floor and the sports hall of the Valentin Klarin elementary school were severely flooded. By a joint agreement, Zadar County applied the project at a tender run by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, which approved the money for the reconstruction of the hall in the amount of 760,000 kuna.

A new parquet floor was installed, thus enabling the smooth running of physical education classes as well as various other extracurricular activities.

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