Workshops tackle issues over primary school review in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs

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A CONTROVERSIAL review of primary schools in East Dunbartonshire is moving forward.

A series of stakeholder workshops have taken place throughout the area over the past few weeks.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie is pleased that the independently-run workshops were well attended.

She said: “We have committed to undertaking a robust, transparent and participatory review of our primary estate.

“Participants in this first stage included school-based staff, parent council representatives, members of the Youth Senate and other representative groups, and they generated good discussion on moving forward with the review.”

A wide range of options for improving East Dunbartonshire’s schools were proposed by participants, who aired principles in general they would like to see during the review and options for consideration that arose through discussion.

There was unanimous agreement at all workshops that doing nothing was not an option.

Councillor Geekie continued: “Council officers are now tasked with looking at the implications of the suggestions that have been put forward by participants.

“Their technical assessment of the options will include looking at the educational benefits, community impact, initial costs and long-term financial implications.

“Ultimately, we want any changes to our primary estate to deliver better educational outcomes for our children.”

The technical assessment of the options that have been put forward will be considered by councillors later this year, leading to a public consultation across East Dunbartonshire.

The results of that consultation will shape the options which will then be further developed prior to a statutory consultation which will take place later in 2013.

Councillor Geekie added: “By carrying out these workshops and a consultation on the preliminary options, we are ensuring that we are

really engaging with people locally before the formal, Government-required statutory consultation takes place.

“We want to know what options are preferable in modernising our primary estate and delivering high-quality educational facilities for the children of East Dunbartonshire.”

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