Dalbeattie School start date
Work on Dalbeattie’s £20 million new school will begin in the spring.
Education Secretary Angela Constance, pictured, announced the start date when visiting Dumfries for a meeting of the Scottish Cabinet on Monday.
The new learning campus on the outskirts of the town will feature a new primary and secondary school as well as a nursery.
The council is also working on projects to redevelop Maxwelltown High and St Joseph’s College in Dumfries.
Ms Constance said: “The new facilities being built here will be fantastic environments for young people to learn in and will also provide amenities for the wider community to enjoy.
“I look forward to visiting the new schools when they’re finished, the first of which will be opening to pupils next autumn.
“In addition to the educational benefits, the projects will also create construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for young people in Dumfries and Galloway.”
A council spokesman confirmed: “Site investigation and preparatory work has started at Dalbeattie learning campus and will continue through spring 2015. Construction work is due to start in September 2015.”
It recently emerged that the new school will open in 2017, rather than 2016 as originally planned.
Meanwhile the existing Dalbeattie High is facing a sticky problem with chewing gum.
The amount becoming stuck to school grounds has caused concern.
Councillor Ian Blake has asked the authority to take action.
The council is now organising a clean-up of the school with power washers.