PROBLEMS which forced five schools to stay shut at the start of term are bound to happen, a top councillor said.
Kirklees Council deputy leader Clr John Smithson spoke after the schools opened late because of building work.
Hundreds of children were forced to stay at home while clean-up work went ahead.
Clr Smithson said more than 30 schools had benefited from a multi-million-pound improvement and refurbishment programme during the summer.
The works ranged from building new teaching blocks to electrical work and other small-scale schemes.
He added: "With such an extent of works there have been some snags. But contractors, the schools and the education service have worked very hard together to overcome these so that, apart from a few isolated instances, everything was ready for the new term.
"There will always be unforeseen problems, but these have been addressed positively and constructively. I am extremely pleased and impressed at the high level of commitment shown by all concerned."
Changes at high schools included a new language suite at Almondbury, a new fitness suite at Honley and refurbishments at Colne Valley, Royds Hall and Fartown.
Some of the work was done through a public-private finance link with developers Jarvis and the rest through a £10m council scheme.
Clr Smithson said: "Tens of thousands of children, together with teaching and support staff, started the new term in a vastly improved teaching environment.
"By improving the setting in which children are taught - and providing better equipment and facilities - we will help raise standards and levels of achievement across the whole age range."
But Clr Molly Walton, Labour education spokeswoman, said the council was spending far less money than it had been allocated by the Government.
She said: "While welcoming the improvements that have happened, there is a huge backlog of essential repairs and new building still to be tackled.
"Failing to spend the allocation is failing the schools, those who work in them, our children and their parents."
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