Launch of statutory consultations brings first primary school mergers a step closer

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The first in a series of controversial East Dunbartonshire primary school mergers proceeded to ‘formal consultation’ this week.

There was anger in March when administration councillors voted to ignore protests and petitions and proceed with the merger plans - starting with combining Bishopbriggs’ Woodhill Primary, Auchinairn Primary and Cleddens Learning and Childcare Centre in a new building on the site of Woodhill Primary.

A statutory consultation into the moves - which is required by law - started today (May 8) and will close on June 26.

The less divisive merger of Lenzie and Lenzie Moss primaries at Lenzie Moss will also be consulted on during this period.

As part of the process public meetings will be held at each of the Lenzie schools on Wednesday, May 29, from 7.30-9pm, and at the Bishopbriggs schools on Monday, June 3, from 7.30-9pm.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie urged parents to get involved in the process, which will result in a report being sent to Education Scotland.

She said: “The consultations are an opportunity for the stakeholders of each school community to see in more detail the proposals and to feed in to the process.

“There is an opportunity to see the consultation information online and to attend the public meetings which are being held in each area.”

The council is expected to make a final decision on the mergers three weeks after the consultation closes.

The Scottish Government will then have the opportunity to ‘call the decision in’ and demand a rethink if there are doubts as to whether the process has been correctly followed.

A statutory consultation document will be sent out to stakeholders in each school and will be available on the council website, along with further supporting information.

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