PROGRESS has been made on plans for two state-of-the-art special schools in Kirklees.
Planning applications for new schools at Longley and Newsome have been submitted by construction group Jarvis.
Both facilities are part of a wider £25 million investment for about 600 special needs pupils.
A new facility for 156 youngsters with moderate learning difficulties will replace Longley School, Longley, and be built at the same site in Smithy Lane. It could be open by September 2006.
The 1960s building will be demolished to make way for the new school's play area.
The planned Castle Hill School at Newsome is designed for 108 pupils with severe learning difficulties.
It will replace Turnshaws Community School at Kirkburton and Highfields Community School at Edgerton.
It would be built next to Newsome High School and Sports College and could be completed by September next year.