D-Day’s looming for schools merger vote

St Agatha's Protest
St Agatha's Protest

The future of two primary schools will be up for debate at a special meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council on Thursday.

Councillors will be voting on whether to proceed with controversial plans to merge Kirkintilloch’s St Flannan’s and St Agatha’s primaries at a new school to be built on the current St Flannan’s site.

They will also consider a merger between St Joseph’s Primary, in Milngavie, and St Andrew’s, in Bearsden.

The meeting will kick-off at 6pm in the council’s Southbank Marina headquarters.

A demonstration has been planned for before the meeting by save our school campaigners, who will urge the Scottish Government to step in should the proposals be voted through by administration councillors.

While a majority of St Flannan’s parents and teachers supported the moves in a consultation held last year, a massive 94 per cent of those involved with St Agatha’s were against.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Consideration of the consultation findings is the next stage in our primary review process.

“Our meeting on Thursday is the opportunity for councillors to discuss the consultation reports and the recommendations, and agree next steps.”

The prospective mergers are the second set of proposals to be considered as part of the council’s Primary School Improvement Programme - a long term scheme to modernise the entire primary school estate and address falling rolls.