Schools facing the axe and merger in East Dunbartonshire

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THE future of East Dunbartonshire’s primary schools is the subject of a major new consultation being launched over the coming weeks.

The move has been sparked by falling school rolls across the district.

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.

Two years ago the council brought forward a list of potential closures, but the controversial plans were scrapped.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie has previously insisted there are currently no plans to close schools, but admitted that there could be closures depending on the outcome of the consultation.

At the end of June, councillors agreed to hold a series of consultation meetings with a range of stakeholders, including head teachers, teachers, parents, parent council forums and trade unions.

Councillor Geekie said: “The falling school rolls are an issue and a concern. All that will be taken into account during the consultation.”

She continued: “We have over £3million to invest in the school estate and we have been asked by the Scottish Government to apply for funding for a new primary school.

“It’s very early days and there are lots of options to be considered.”

Gordon Currie, head of education, said: “We are currently finalising our plans to launch the consultation process to ensure we fully engage with all key stakeholders within the local community on the future of our primary school estate.”

The entire process is expected to last until September next year.

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