School buildings cause concerns

Merkland School.
Merkland School.

Concerns have been raised over the condition of two

schools in East Dunbartonshire which cater for children with additional support needs

SNP councillors Keith Small, John Jamieson and Anne McNair have accused the council of allowing Merkland and Campsie View schools in Kirkintilloch and Lenzie to fall into a state of disrepair.

One service user, who did not want to be named, believes the schools are being discriminated against as they cater for a minority of children.

She said she was furious when she read comments by education convener Councillor Eric Gott’s in a recent edition of our sister paper the Milngaive and Bearsden Herald.

She said: “He says they have an investment programme for schools, but I don’t think Merkland and Campsie View are on a par with other primary and secondary schools in the area. They both lack facilities and the buildings need to be refurbished.”

Councillor Keith Small, who is campaigning for more money to be spent on local schools, says £300,000 needs to be spent on Merkland to fix problems, including broken flooring, toilets, ceilings and sanitary services, and that Campsie View requires £292,000 cash to bring it up to standard.

He said: “In my view any school that caters for children with additional needs should be a priority.”

Councillor Jamieson said: “I understand the roll at Merkland is increasing and with the extra staff required the situation can only get worse.”

Education convener Eric Gotts said: “Spending on education remains our single biggest budget area in terms of capital and revenue investment. Our 2014/15 revenue commitment shows us investing £110m in education services and over the 10-year capital investment programme investing a further £90m in our educational estate.”

A report on school spending will be brought before council in the near future.