End of an era

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

Keil School’s fu­ture was sealed when in 2000, af­ter 85 years in Dum­bar­ton, the de­ci­sion was taken to shut it.

A drop in pupil num­bers and a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of fee al­lowances be­ing paid by the armed forces and ma­jor com­pa­nies was said to have caused fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

Mr An­drew Mackin­non, chair­man of the Mackin­non Mac­neil­lTrust which ran the school, said at the time:“It is un­doubt­edly an ex­tremely emo­tional time for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with the school.

“How­ever, the de­ci­sion to close the school was not taken lightly and we have been fight­ing to keep the school run­ning eco­nom­i­cally for a num­ber of years now.

“Given the pur­pose of the trust, it is im­por­tant that losses were stemmed and funds were be­ing used to fur­ther the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren – not be­ing sunk into the up­keep of build­ings, equip­ment, and grounds.“

Keil, a for­mer boys’school which went co-ed­u­ca­tional in 1989, had a to­tal of 174 se­nior board­ing and day pupils in Dum­bar­ton, with a fur­ther 45 ju­nior pupils in He­lens­burgh.

It em­ployed 52 peo­ple (12 part-time), in­clud­ing 33 teach­ing staff, who were made re­dun­dant in June 2000.

The grounds have be­come an ex­clu­sive hous­ing es­tate, and some of the old school build­ings have been turned into flats.

Over­grown One of the Keil build­ings

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