Hundreds sign up for crusade to save schools from the axe

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A PETITION calling on council chiefs to rethink controversial plans to merge schools has been signed by almost 800 angry parents.

East Dunbartonshire council is set to meet in March to decide whether to proceed with several primary school mergers - options shortlisted by council officers after a review of school buildings.

But the plans have proved unpopular with many parents, who made their feelings known during a recent consultation and at a demonstration outside council headquarters in Kirkintilloch.

An online petition supported by parents from a number of the under-threat schools has now almost reached its target of 800 signatories and will be delivered to the council later this month.

A campaign spokesperson urged people to sign up, adding: “Our schools are the heart of our communities.

“The majority of our children walk and cycle to school and mergers will mean bigger schools and our children having to be bussed or driven longer distances.

“East Dunbartonshire Council, rethink your plans. Keep our local primary schools local.”

To sign the petition go to http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-our-schools-local

The primary school review ‘informal’ public consutltation closed on February 4.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie told the Herald: “We are looking at every comment that comes in about the schools - including those made in petitions. We will take account of all these views before coming to any decisions.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Geekie, sidestepped calls for a free vote on the proposlas when the results of the recent consultation are reporter back to council in March.

She said: “When the administration bring forward a paper on the schools - which may not even contain proposals for individual schools - in March it will be a paper that all administration councillors are comfortable with.

“We will not be putting forward anything that any administration councillors disagree with or would wish to vote against.”

FLASHBACK: Protestors are pictured during a demo outside the council HQ last month. (K30076b)

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