Future of schools in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs up for dicusssion

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UNDER-occupied schools in East Dunbartonshire could face closure or being merged.

The Herald can reveal that council chiefs will launch a major consultation next week looking at the district’s primary schools estate.

The council wants to look at options to tackle falling school rolls.

Primary schools in Kirkintilloch and surrounding villages are 46 per cent under occupied, in Lenzie it’s 25 per cent and in Bishopbriggs, it’s 39 per cent. Eric Gotts, the council’s education convener, recently warned that schools could close.

Parents, teachers, young people and other stakeholders have been invited to workshops in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs next week.

During the meetings information will be provided about each of the geographical areas, followed by sessions to discuss and generate possible options for the future of the school estate.

The stakeholders will also be given the opportunity to ask questions.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Currently in East Dunbartonshire there is an over provision of accommodation in the primary sector, with schools operating significantly under occupancy across the whole estate.

“At the moment our primary schools are under occupied by 37 per cent and this trend experienced in recent years may grow to 44 per cent in the future.

“We are therefore keen to consult on this issue so that we can look to the future and provide pupils with excellent school environments that are fit for purpose and cost effective.”

The first workshop takes place in Bishopbriggs Academy on Monday, September 3, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

A workshop will also be held on Thursday, September 6, in Kirkintilloch High from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

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